Côte d’Ivoire electoral commission on Tuesday announced that President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office.
Naija News reports that the electoral umpire stated Ouattara won with 94.27% of the vote, after an election that was boycotted by opposition voters.
Head of the electoral commission, Kuibiert-Coulibaly Ibrahime, announced that the final turnout for the October 31 election was at 53.90%.
The results have to be validated by the country’s constitutional council which will declare the final winner after hearing any challenges or complaints of irregularities.
Main opposition candidates Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié had urged their supporters not to vote.
They got 1% and 2% respectively, while a fourth candidate, Kouadio Konan Bertin, also got 2%, according to the official results.
Ouattara, who has been in power since 2011, initially promised he would step down after his second term.
The 78-year-old, however, announced his candidacy in August, a month after the sudden death of his anointed successor, former Prime Minister Amadou Coulibaly.
Cote d’Ivoire’s constitution allows for only two five-year presidential terms, but Ouattara’s Rally of the Republicans party argues a 2016 constitutional amendment has reset the clock.
Naija News reports that the county’s opposition leaders have announced the constitution of a governing council which it had mandated to conduct fresh elections.