Ivory Coast Parliamentary Election To Hold On December 18

Ivory Coast parliamentary elections are set to hold on December 18, according to a statement made by the government on Thursday.

This is coming on the heels of a referendum vote that allowed for constitutional change.

In May, President of Cote D’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara set up a committee to propose a new constitution.

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The constitutional change removes the strict requirement of Presidential candidates to have both parents of Ivorian origin. It also includes room for the position of a vice-president, establishes a senate, and incorporates traditional leaders. It nonetheless leaves the two-term limit and lowers the minimum age for presidential candidates from 40 down to 35.

The opposition was not in support of this move as they saw it as a way of President Ouattara to handpick his successor.

Also, the constitutional change removes the age limit of 75, another flaw that raises the brows of the opposition seeing as president Ouattara will be over the age limit of 75 by the end of his term in 2020.

President Ouattara said the constitutional changes will put an end to instability caused by disputes over national identity.

Ivory Coast Parliamentary Elections To Hold On December 18

The Yes campaign won by at least 93%, giving President Ouattara a landslide victory.

However, the opposition maintained that voter turnout was 42% showing that Ivorians heeded their call for a boycott of the referendum.

The referendum will be endorsed once the result is ratified by the Constitutional Council and the president enacts it.

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The opposition will take part in the forthcoming Ivory Coast parliamentary elections regardless of their refrain from the past legislative polls which occurred in 2011.

The opposition hopes to win some seats they had lost to the main party as a result of their boycott of the parliamentary elections in 2011. The previous legislative election saw the main party sweeping up 90% of seats.