The Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) has secured the majority of Ivorian municipalities and regional councils following the double ballot held on Saturday, as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission, which officially declared the results on Monday.
It’s a resounding victory for the Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), the party of President Alassane Ouattara, in the wake of the municipal and regional elections on September 2nd. The party has won 125 out of 201 municipalities and 25 out of 30 regions. Notable wins include Prime Minister Patrick Achi in La Mé, Mamadou Touré, Minister of Youth in Haut-Sassandra, Anne Ouloto, Minister of Civil Service, in Cavally (West), and Fidèle Sarrassoro, Director of Cabinet of the Presidency, in Poro (North).
The two main opposition parties, the African People’s Party-Côte d’Ivoire (PPA-CI) and the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI), who formed alliances in numerous localities, have won one region, Nawa, and ten municipalities such as Lakota and Bloléquin. Although the PDCI, led by Henri Konan Bédié, has secured fewer municipalities compared to the 2018 elections, it remains strong in its strongholds, including Yamoussoukro, Daoukro, Toumodi, the Iffou region, and Bélier. Outside of alliances, Laurent Gbagbo’s PPA-CI has won in two municipalities.
The Ivorian Popular Front has lost Moronou, the stronghold of Pascal Affi N’Guessan, and emerged from these elections without any elected representatives.
The voter turnout rate remains fairly consistent with the 2018 elections, standing at 44.61% for regional elections and 36.18% for municipal elections. The president of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) considers this turnout rate “acceptable.”
The CEI is expected to announce the final two results soon, which have been delayed due to incidents following the vote counting.