Ivory Coast votes for a new National Assembly
Ivory Coast will hold its general election today in which the 255 members of the National Assembly will be elected through 154 single and multi-member constituencies.
There are 6,318,331 eligible voters who will vote at 10,500 polling places (19,297 polling stations) between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. from a list of 1,390 candidates.
In 2011 President Alassane Ouattara’s centrist Rally of the Republicans (RDR) picked up 122 seats. The Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire – African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA) won 76 seats and the remaining seats were distributed across four smaller parties plus 31 Independents. Turnout at that election was 36.58%.
The Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), an alliance of five parties which comprises the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI-RDA), the Union for Democracy and Peace in Côte d’Ivoire, the Movement of the Forces of the Future and the Union for Ivory Coast and which holds 208 of the current 255 seats in the National Assembly, went on to form the government.