Cote d'Ivoire publishes election results of diaspora

19:18, November 30, 2010      

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Cote d'Ivoire's Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) on Monday evening started the release of the presidential run-off tally, first from the West African country's nationals in the diaspora.

The initial results include the 10,623 valid votes from 10,856 ballots cast on Sunday out of the 15,333 registered voters in Africa, Europe and America.

A total of 5.7 million people were registered to vote in the country's first presidential elections in the past decade. Since 2005, the polls had been delayed six times by Oct. 31, when the first round was held.

CEI put the diaspora voter turnout at 70.80 percent. Candidate Alassane Ouattara obtained 6,371 votes (59.97 percent) and incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo got 4,252 votes (40.03 percent).

CEI said it would announce more results on Tuesday at 10 a.m. (1000 GMT). The electoral body has until Wednesday to publish all provisional results.

In the first round, Gbagbo garnered 38 percent of the votes cast against Ouattara who managed to get 32 percent.

Source: Xinhua


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