Ivory Coast’s Presidential election is heading for a second round after incumbent Laurent Gbagbo failed to win an outright majority. He will face Alassane Ouattara again later this month.
Former President, Henri Konan Bedie, who came third, alleged widespread fraud even before the result was announced.
“The Ivory Coast Democratic Party condemns the clear intention to rig the results,” said the Secretary General of Bedie’s party. “We demand that the result be annulled and a recount of ballots be carried out.”
The election was intended to unify Ivory Coast which has been blighted by civil war for much of the last decade. It had already been postponed six times. Laurent Gbagbo is favourite to keep the presidency when voting takes place again on 28 November.
Despite the accusations of fraud, the UN praised the poll as “calm and orderly.“ It said the 80 percent turnout was “one of the highest in the world.”
All three candidates are now being urged to accept the result for the sake of peace.