Côte d'Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire: Civil Unrest – Elections Preparedness Preliminary Emergency Plan of Action Final Report, DREF n° MDRCI009

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 25 October 2015, Côte d´Ivoire presidential elections were successfully held, despite the three-days that took the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) to declare the results. Many international organizations including the United Nations (UN) had predicted violence and civil unrest, including this as the most probable scenario in their contingency plans. Generally, the elections were conducted in a peaceful manner and this was confirmed by international bodies that monitored the elections, including ONUCI (UN Mission for Côte d´Ivoire). The new government was inaugurated On 6 January 2016, President Ouattara was re-elected in the first round with more than 86.6 per cent of the votes.

On 18 October 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released CHF 34,000 from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to ensure the Croix Rouge Cote d’Ivoire (CRCI), was prepared to meet the immediate needs of populations, which were predicted to be affected by election related violence, with activities planned for a period of one month.

The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic and Zurich and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Croix Rouge Cote d’Ivoire would like to extend its thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.