I’ve made change in the Ivory Coast links on the right hand side. Hudin is out, he isn’t writing about the Ivory Coast any longer – not a word about the elections, that’s unforgivable! Instead the always interesting journalist and author Venance Konan is in, as well as American writer Carol Spindel who has a blog following the elections in a village in northern Ivory Coast.
And talking about villages in northern Ivory Coast, I got an anecdote from a small village in the Mankono department in the Worodougou region where Ouattara got 87%. It’s told to me second hand and is unrelated to Spindel’s blog.
Ouattara 157, Bedie 0, Gbagbo 1
The people of the village are all of the ethnic group dioula, the same as Ouattara. When the election results for the village become known there are 100 and something votes for Outtara, zero for Bedie and one for Gbagbo. The village chief gets very upset and says they have a traitor among them who dared to vote Gbagbo. The village chief says he will find out who voted for Gbagbo and calls for a village meeting with griots (historians/poets/wandering musicians) and everything.
As far as I know they (fortunately) haven’t figured out who voted for Gbagbo. When the RDR headquarters in Abidjan hears about this, they – after having a bit of a laugh – call the village chief and try to tell him that it’s democracy, that secret ballot has to be respected and to stop trying to find the one Gbagbo voter. But the village chief has already made up his mind and isnt going to let anyone else interfere with his investigations and his village…