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2010 Elections in Cote D' Ivoire: What most media do not tell you.

December 4, 2010

By Aloysius AGENDIA

 Early November 2010, Ivoirians went to the polls to elect a new president. After the first round of elections, no candidate could get the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo of LMP scored 38 percent of the votes while former Prime Minister Alasane Ouatara of PDR and former President Henri Konan Bedie got 32 and 25 percent respectively. The second round on November 28, 2010 pitted Ouatara against Gbagbo.  Konan Bedie urged his supporters to rally behind Ouatara. Analysts considered the call a marriage against nature because; it was the same Konan Bedie who made claims in the late 1990s and early 2000 that Ouatara was not an Ivoirian but actually a Burkinabe. That was the beginning of rivalry in Cote D Ivoire.  From that perspective, it is hard to say with certainty if the supporters of Bedie could actually vote for Ouatara or massively vote for someone whom for years they consider more of their enemy than Laurent Gbagbo.

After the November 28 runoff, the Independent Electoral Commission from a hotel hideout declared that Alasane Ouatara was winner of the elections with 54 percent of the votes as against 45 for Laurent Gbagbo. However, the victory was annulled moments later by the Constitutional Council of Cote D' Ivoire after it admitted claims and proofs from the Laurent Gbagbo camp that the elections were heavily flawed in the North which is controlled by New Forces rebels (they remain armed till date) said to be loyal to Alasane Ouatara.  More so, the elections result had not been declared within the stipulated time frame by law. There were also claims of fraud in the west,  Gbagbo's fief but it is not clear if a formal complain was deposited by the Ouatara camp.

That notwithstanding, in a twist  of events the United Nations and some countries like France, USA dismissed the  statement of the Constitutional Council of Cote D' Ivoire and  said in categorical terms that the results declared by the Electoral Commission were the right ones and valid and they would consider Alasane Ouatara as the president of Cote D' Ivoire.

The issue is that a lot of media organs in African have been relaying information from international press without knowing the ramifications of their actions.

 It becomes very dangerous  and troubling when media in Cameroon and most of Africa, get their news on elections in Cote D 'Ivoire only from CNN, France 24, rfi or sister media, most of who do analysis somtimes without knowing exactly what happened, or limiting their analysis to immediate actions without knowing what provoked the actions or again out rightly analysing without taking into consideration what the law of that country says with respect to what they are analysing.

As far as the November presidential elections in Cote D Ivoire are concerned, you may want to read this article culled from this newspaper http://www.notrevoie.com/Home.asp.  Or http://www.notrevoie.com/a_la_une.asp?id=37453  or read the whole edition  of Notre Voie No 3747 of December 03, 2010.

 
You may also want to read a pro- Alasane Ouatara paper like Nouveau Reveil Issue No 2687 of December 03, 2010 on website address http://www.lenouveaureveil.com/.  That is why I decided to read these two newspapers which are diametrically opposed, in order to make an informed opinion of the real situation in Cote D' Ivoire.

After having done that, please relief yourself from the psychological warfare.  The media, especially so called international bodies, international media and colonial troops stationed in Cote D' Ivoire must stop causing confusion and sowing disunity among people.

WHAT THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA IS REFUSING TO ALSO STRESS OR MENTION:


- The report sheet of the majority of members of the Electoral Commission in the north of the country admitted that the elections were highly flawed in that area.

- They also refused to mention that results were cancelled in virtually all of France where Gbagbo's party had a resounding majority. Yet, the president of the EC paid a blind eye on what happened in the north since he knew certain international media and countries will back his action.

- The international media is mentioning that the President of the Constitutional Council is pro Gbagbo but fails to admit that the President of the Electoral Commission as well as its Permanent Secretary and Spokesman are all pro Ouatara. What an unnecessary hype.

- The international media focuses on the tearing of results sheet  by a pro'-Gbagbo member of the EC. without investigating what provoked such actions. The action of the EC member was uncivil though.

- The international media fails to emphasize that the election results had not been harmonised before the spokesman rushing to make inflammatory declarations.

- The international media fails to equally reiterate that the results were released in a hotel hide out rather than from the Electoral Commission’s office and without other members of the Electoral Commission. They also fail to mention that this hotel was candidate Alasane Ouatara's base.

- The international media fails to mention that in several areas in the North, Ouatara is said to have had more votes than all of the registered voters in the polling centres concerned. That can only happen in Cameroon under Paul Biya.

- The international media fails to mention that it is this same Alasane Ouatara who has been acused of being  behind the rebellion in Cote D Ivoire that killed several people. The rebellion then divided the country into two there by creating a country (North of Ivory Coast) within a country , that is Ivory Coast itselt. Ouatara has always refused this acusation though. However this video of one of the rebel commanders who Ouatara is said to have trained and sponsored is clear testimony..

-The international media has carefully avoided what other election observers like the AU and other independent monitors said about the elections. They prefer to hinge on what EU, French and UN team are claiming.

The international media with the exception of BBC failed to relay or analyse an ultimatum given by French President and Foreign Minister to the EC of Cote Ivoire. It read “the election results MUST be published today” that was Wednesday December 01, 2010. Who are they to give ultimatums to a sovereign nation and what was the reason behind such an irritating statement?

-The international community represented by some powerful capitalists and imperialist bodies, think they can use the so called International Tribunal at The Hague to threaten nationalist African leaders. The headline of Le Nouveau Reveil   of December 03, 201, a pro Ouatara newspaper even confirms this.

And finally, the whistleblower Wikileaks in one of its cables revealed that Nicholas Sarkhozy is France’s closest American ally of all past French presidents since WWII. And you may not know the reason behind this. This is simply because Sarkhozy needs the support of USA and allies in consolidating his grip on Africa and he wants to retake or re-colonised Africa and the rights Africans were beginning to take after some of us gained consciousness.  It is because of such backing that his country will mete out the most inhuman treatment on Africans in France, yet no nation/ international media would bother to talk about, less of making it a hype. Where is the RUPTURE he promised?

Please do not fall prey to the media psychological warfare. I know many of you are defeated already.

Let all colonial and neo-colonial troops leave Cote D ‘Ivoire and the same apply to all of Africa. That country can solve its problem without confusion being orchestrated by international troops and bodies there. Without people coming in the name of peace mission, maintaining their interest yet eventually ending up arming militias and rebels and intoxicating villagers.

Finally, if elections were rigged in the north of Cote D’ Ivoire an area controlled by rebels and said to be loyal to Ouatara, then such elections must be cancelled. If not, Gbagbo should accept defeat, leave honourably and begin preparing for next elections.

France succeeded in Gabon with 'Omar Bongo Ondimba Ali Ben' after France-Afrique emperor Omar Bongo Ondimba I died. I pray and hope they do not succeed in Cote D' Ivoire again. Renaissance is needed. Cameroon may likely take the stage in 2011. We want to do our things in peace. Whatever will happen in Cameroon we do not need French or UN troops.

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My brother, I very much agree with you, on the Foreign Media issue, but when I watched the debate between Laurent Gbagbo and Ouattara, I have to admit that Ouattara convinced me more, even though I went in as a Gbagbo sympathiser.
So I think it can really be, that Ouattara won this election. Maybe he convinced more people like myself.

I don't really want to take sides but u have put up a very good writeup and have made me atleast proud of some of our African Journalist like urselve.The media is there to bring peace and not sow a seed of war.Keep up the great job and wish Cameroon 2011 a success

what a great debate, again to see how though we think we are independent, we are still colonised (neocolonialism i should say). Let the french not repeat what they did alongside belgians to put rwanda into the greatest confusion and genocide ever lived in the african continent. I hope Cameroonians begin to learn a lesson; hope elecam equally begins to learn a lesson because 2011 in Cameroon will not be easy. thanks.

I fully agree with you. It seems the international media and other international institutions never scrutinize what the laws of a country say before jumping into conclusions.

If you rely on international media alone, the conclusion you would easily make is that Gdagbo is a devil while Quatara is an angel.

But looking at the origin of the whole saga by reading this article, I am made to understand that Gbagbo actually followed the law by logding a formal complaint with the constitutional council of iCote D'Ivoire concerning the purpoted rigging in the north by Quatara supporters.

As a result of claims logded by Gbagbo, the constitutional council of Cote D' Ivoire seems to have taken the necessary legal action- to declare the results null and void.

What i still do not understand is this; the runoff results having been legally declared null and void, what legal actions does the constitution of Cote D'Ivoire say should be taken next?

So far you can see that, Gbagbo has followed the law but not Quatara. right now I have read news that Quatara has planned to call for street protests and is urging his supporters to retake the national radio and the government house from Gbagbo! This in effect is like calling for a civil war in Cote D'Ivoire. Is this lawful?

It is like what happened in Kenya. Instead of the opposition going to the court to dispute the elections, which was supposed to be the right legal procedure, they asked for nationwide demostrations and as a result many people lost their lives because of the mayhem that resulted.

The opposition in Kenya was claiming that the incumbent had stolen votes and the whole world had been made to believe so through the international media, but later investigations by an independent commision known as the kriegler commision revealed that both sides had stolen votes substantially.

The problem with us Africans is that we like very much listening to politics in time of crisis rather than follow the rule of law.

Laws are meant to solve difficult situations when they arise but when that happens in Africa we abandon the law and start politicking.

As long as we continue ignoring the rule of law, wars In africa will never cease and Europe and America know this too well.

That is why I fully support the writer of this article. He has taken his time to tell us what exactly happened in Cote D'Ivoire. Very few other sources of information will tell you the truth and especially the international media.

I urge the people of Cote D'Ivoire and indeed the whole world to consider what the constitution of Cote D'Ivoire says before passing judgement.

I urge honorable Quatara to take the right legal action rather than asking for street protests. street protests may be legal but not the best option in this situation. If you really care for the people of Cote D'Ivoire stop asking for street protests.

Alternatively, as the writer of this article suggests, Gbagbo may consider stepping down if Quatara refuses to take the matter to court or to the relevant institutions because this matter is not about personal ego, but it is about the lives of the people of Cote D'Ivoire. But he must do so if the constitution of Cote D'Ivoire allows him to do so otherwise it may create even more chaos.

finally to the writer of this article, keep up the good work!

YOU MISSED ALL POINTS
WHY DID BAGBO WAIT FOR 10 YEARS TO REFUSE WHAT HE ACCEPTED WITH UN AND THE REST ?
HE WAS FREE TO REFUSE ANY ELECTIONS
FUK CHIIT

Jpn, again what you are up to is politics. politics alone without considering the rule of the law cannot work to solve any crisis.

To most outsiders i.e. those who do not come from Ivory Coast, it is not known whether Gbagbo had obligations to fulfil with United Nations or not.

In any case, whether he refused or accepted what the UN wanted him to do, does it mean we now throw the rule of the law out of the Window?

when a crisis occurs in Europe and America, they really follow the rule of the law until the stalemate is solved.

So again I say. let us respect the rule of the law and the constitution and peace will prevail.

Great post! Maybe you could do a follow up to this topic!!

I fully agree with you. It seems the international media and other international institutions never scrutinize what the laws of a country say before jumping into conclusions.

hello everyone,
The law has meaning. I am really worried of the western world relationship with Africa. Souls has been lost innocently for no good reason. What I am seeing here is that "COLONIALISM IS EVIL". African leaders should look into the roots of all wrongs in politics in Africa. There is some sort of brain washing and promises that are self centred and never accomplished for the whole.From my little knowledge the seed of corruption has been sowed to Africa fom the west. Look at history and the system of governing in Africa. AFRICAN LEADERS SHOULD WAKE UP AND DIG OUT THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. 90% of political support to the west is from Africa financially if not otherwise. Africans need to regain their souls from the west to bring a change in Africa. Structural Change. Again SOULS are being lost spiritually and physically. We should learn from the past. Africa is facing all these today because of history and the system of governing that the west planted in our backyards. A disease imported from the west. C0-CORRUPTION EXISTING. The problem in Ivory coast is caused by the french. African Leaders should be very tactfull to solve their own problems. Problems will never be resolve through problems. The force that is being asked here to solve the problem in Ivory Coast is wrong. Innocent will die and suffer leading to more problems in the future.

Thanks.

Gbagbo has been beaten and should spare us a new refugee crises and ivorian blood in the region. He is just doing what African incumbents do best after they are beaten in elections.....and that is.....hang on at all cost.
They fan conspiracy theories to hang unto power.The problem of Africa is caused by African leaders in complicity with western interest.But the billions that they and their cronies embezzle and stashed in foreign bank accounts cant lift the continent out of poverty.Mobutu had more money than the entire debt of Zaire and there are many more like him in Africa.They are even richer than their western counterparts.This has taken Africa to the dark age and its a shame and Gbagbo should quit.



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