The United Nations has called on Ivory Coast’s presidential candidates to accept the results of Sunday’s poll.
There was a turnout of more than 80 percent and no major incident, fanning hopes the vote will reunite a country torn apart by a bloody civil war.
The UN’s top official in Ivory Coast, Y.J. Choi wants the will of the people respected: “Given the extraordinary success of yesterday I am more confident than ever that the results will be respected and there will be no violence.”
The incumbent Laurent Gbagbo is favourite to remain in office.
But one of his main rivals, Henri Konan Bedie or Alassane Ouattara is widely expected to force a run-off.
The national election commission has until Wednesday to tally and announce the results.