Côte d’Ivoire’s 2015 Presidential Election: Sign of Democratic Progress?

The 2015 presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire was the first since multiparty
elections were introduced in 1990 in which all major parties were able to
compete without triggering a civil war. We examine the extent of democratic
progress registered by this milestone election, focusing on three democratic
qualities of elections: competition, participation, and legitimacy. Whereas
competitiveness and participation measures both fell relative to the 2010
election, the 2015 election was contested by all major parties and its
results were accepted peacefully, registering a dramatic step forward in the
legitimacy of the electoral process and outcome. We support this conclusion
with a historical analysis; and by comparing the final 2015 results with
parallel vote tabulation for the 2015 election, Afrobarometer survey data from
2014, and a subnational analysis of voter turnout in 2015 relative to 2010.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: competition, democratisation, legitimacy, participation, post-conflict
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