Beginning of the electoral campaign for the next municipal and regional elections of October 13 in Côte d’Ivoire. The kickoff was given Friday, September 28th.

1. The electorate

According to figures from the Ivory Coast Electoral Commission, 6,595,790 voters (3,357,633 men and 3 2380,157 women) spread over 10,599 Voting Places (LV) or 20,504 Bureaux (BV) will take part in the election. of October 13th.

2. Candidates and forces involved

Some 22,000 candidates will compete in these municipal and regional elections. There are 88 lists in the regional and 684 lists in the municipal. The election is expected to result in the election of 197 mayors and 31 regional council presidents.

The ruling coalition behind President Alassane Ouattara, the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace ( RHDP ), has exploded because of multiple presidential ambitions. The PDCI refused to remain in the RHDP , believing that the Rally of Republicans ( RDR ), the party of Ouattara, was trying to assimilate to present his presidential candidate.

As a result, the two parties will clash in multiple municipalities. There are also 389 independent lists, including “men of (Guillaume) Soro”, the former leader of the rebellion and president of the National Assembly.

After being locked in a boycott of most elections since the election of Ouattara to the presidency, the Ivorian Popular Front ( FPI ), founded by former President Laurent Gbagbo, also presents candidates.

3. The context

This election comes in a political context marked by a disagreement on the issue of alternation in 2020, between the allies of the ruling coalition, gathered in the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace ( RHDP ), a fact that has pushed the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire ( PDCI ), which was part of this coalition, in all elections since 2010, to withdraw permanently.

4. The stakes

It’s a multi-issue election. For Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, a bad legislative score could prevent him from taking action and implementing the program for which he was elected in 2015.

For his former ally, Henri Konan Bédié, president of the PDCI , the stakes are even greater, since it involves both, with candidates stamped PDCI – RDA , to thwart the action of dissident PDCI members who have joined the unified RHDP -Paris and especially to put an end to the hegemony of the RDR . These local and regional elections are also a test for political parties to truly measure their influence two years before the 2020 presidential election.