A largely peaceful presidential election held on October 25 was the first since more than 3,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands internally displaced in the aftermath of Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed 2010 election. Successful citizen election observation efforts helped civil society organizations in Côte d’Ivoire establish their credibility, which was damaged after conflicting reports in 2010 helped fuel post-election turmoil.
Benjamin Staton is a project assistant for the National Democratic Institute's Central & West Africa team, supporting programs in Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. He graduated from The George Washington University in 2015 with a B.A. in History.