Agenzia Fides REPORT - “The Côte d'Ivoire is waiting with bated breath for the declaration of the result of the ballot from the presidential elections,” revealed a Fides source from the Church on the Côte d'Ivoire, who for security reasons does not want to be named. “The streets of Abidjan are nearly empty, many commercial shops remained closed and many employees did not go to work for fear of violent riots, which fortunately have not yet occurred.” There have, however, been some incidents in some areas of the Country, meanwhile Alassane Ouattara's party (one of two remaining candidates vying for the presidential ballot), confirmed that eight of his activists were killed in a shoot-out in a district of Abidjan.
On the eve of the vote, the incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo had announced a curfew that was to end once the winner of the election was proclaimed. Now the curfew has been extended until Sunday, 5 December.
The declaration should have taken place yesterday, 1 December, for the results of the second round of the presidential election on Sunday, 28 November. However, the deadline lapsed without the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) announcing the winner. The President of INEC merely stated that “the Commission continues to work.”
Meanwhile, the controversy grows among the two candidates, incumbent President Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara. The latter has pointed to the first pre-election commitment signed by both to respect the result of the polls. Gbagbo's supporters accuse their opponents of cheating in the northern regions, controlled by former New Forces rebels.
The international community has expressed concern over the Country's political deadlock. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has called for disclosure “without delay” of the provisional results of the ballot.