For a better understanding of the electoral context and the actions of stakeholders, the EISA 2020/21 1nternational Election Observation Mission (IEOM) initiated contact with the Constitutional Council, the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), civil society organizations, political parties and platforms, and international and intergovernmental organizations in the country for the presidential election. On-going consultations are held with the various bodies so that EISA keeps informed and up to date on election related issues.
EISA met with the five key opposition political parties. All the opposition parties, as did CSOs, raised the issue of the crisis of confidence borne from the non-consensual reforms of laws and institutions, an unaudited electoral register, and the candidatures and mandate of the Constitutional Council. The mission was only able to meet with the opposition parties, requests by the IEOM to meet with the ruling Rassemblement des Houphouetistes pour la Démocratie et ma Paix (RHDP) were unsuccessful.
In regard to civil society organizations, EISA/TCC met with domestic observers such as national Council of Human right (CNDH), INGO West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and NGO initiative for dialogue (INDIGO). Regarding INDIGO, the two project directors ensured that the observers in the field collaborated and shared information. In particular, the observers of INDIGO were extremely well informed and provided the EISA/TCC IEOM with useful information, having been on the ground well before the EISA/TCC observers.
The EISA/TCC IEOM had regular contact with the AU IEOM. At a meeting held on 30 October, the day before the election, organized by the AUIEOM, of all the IEOMs present in the country, a draft joint statement was agreed on emphasizing dialogue among electoral stakeholders, that electoral stakeholders exercise restraint and maintain peace and stability in the interests of the country and the sub-region. During the electoral phase, collaboration existed between the IEOM and the other international observation missions, both at the level of the executive team and of the observers in the field.