The coalition of President Alassane Outtara is expected to strengthen its rule in elections in Ivory coast.
Around 5 million voters are due to cast their ballots in their first parliamentary election since 2000. There are around a thousand candidates from 35 political parties vying for the national assembly’s 255 seats.
It is seen as a crucial step towards recovery in the African nation after a decade of conflict and political turmoil. Alassane Ouattara won presidential the election in November last year. After which followed months of bloodshed when former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept the result.
Gbagbo is currently in the Netherlands pending an International Criminal Court hearing at The Hague next June. He faces four charges of crimes against humanity, including murder and rape.
Among the campaign posters were some by those who simply wanted the election to pass without further violence. They asked for fair elections and for those involved to accept their victory, or defeat.