Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo and main opposition leader Alassane Ouattara were neck and neck in the first vote tallies, released Wednesday (Nov. 3), of the weekend’s presidential vote, The Washington Post reports.
Gbagbo has secured 35 percent of 2.2 million votes cast, while Ouattara has “roughly the same amount,” according to an Associated Press tabulation. Electoral commission spokesman Bamba Yacouba said 2.2 million votes from the country’s 5.7 million registered voters have so far been tallied.
United Nations mission chief in Cote d’Ivoire Y.J. Choi urged presidential candidates to accept the results of Sunday’s polls (Oct. 31) as losing candidates are feared to mobilize their supporters, according to Reuters.
“I cannot see how a political party or a candidate or a group can defy the will that the Ivorian people have so clearly expressed,” Choi said of the vote, which had a turnout rate of about 70 percent.