Lessons for UN Electoral Certification from the 2010 Disputed Presidential Poll in Côte d'Ivoire

CIGI-Africa Initiative Policy Brief No. 1

June 22, 2012

Developments following the 2010 presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire draw attention to a specific type of UN-mandated task in peacekeeping operations: the certification of electoral processes in post-conflict situations. Two fundamental questions arise regarding certification. First, how effective is an instrument like electoral certification in building confidence and guaranteeing that parties will respect results in highly competitive elections in a post-conflict environment? Second, how can electoral certification be strengthened so that it contributes to peace, rather than fuelling already tense situations?

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CIGI-Africa Initiative Policy Brief Series

The CIGI-Africa Initiative Policy Brief Series presents analysis and commentary emerging from field-based research on issues critical to the continent. Findings and recommendations in this peer-reviewed series aim to inform policy making and to contribute to the overall African research enterprise.

About the Author

Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni is a researcher for the Network on Peace Operations at the University of Montreal, where she has been working on different peace and security issues relating to the United Nations, the African Union and La Francophonie.