The Nordic Africa Institute

Policy dialogue
Virtual

Risk of violence in Côte d'Ivoire's upcoming presidential elections

Bonoua, Côte d'Ivoire, 21 August 2020. A protest march against President Ouattara running for a third term in the next presidential elections. Photo: EPA/Legnan Koula.

Bonoua, Côte d'Ivoire, 21 August 2020. A protest march against President Ouattara running for a third term in the next presidential elections. Photo: EPA/Legnan Koula.

Time • 22 Oct 2020 15:00 - 16:30
Place • Zoom Platform

As the Côte d’Ivoire’s 2020 presidential elections are approaching, the Nordic Africa Insitute is hosting a virtual panel discussion.

This event connects to the launch of our latest Policy Note; Ouattara's third-term bid raises old fears: risk of violence in Côte d'Ivoire's upcoming presidential elections.external link, opens in new window

Côte d’Ivoire’s 2020 presidential elections are approaching, with a series of recent developments raising concerns of renewed conflict or democratic backtracking. The elections will be a confrontation between long-standing political rivals, while the prelude to the vote has seen opposition candidates exiled and disqualified, the death of the front-runner, and the incumbent deciding to run for a controversial third term. The otherwise fragmented opposition now seems to be joining forces and calling for civil disobedience against the Ouattara government.

This event is by invitation only.

On this backdrop, the Nordic Africa Insitute is hosting a panel discussion about the Ivorian elections, centred on three key questions:

  • the likelihood of widespread electoral violence
  • the motives and capacities for mobilization among the main political players
  • the role of the international community in monitoring the elections and mitigating the threat of a violent or undemocratic outcome.

The event will feature four invited speakers and there will be plenty of time for an engaged discussion. Chatham House rule will apply to this event.