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Title:Côte d'Ivoire's 2015 presidential election: a sign of democratic progress?
Editor:Roberts, Tyson
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Volume:15
Issue:1
Pages:45-67
Language:English
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:presidential elections
elections
2015
democratization
Abstract: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. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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