Ivory Coast's electoral commission says President Alassane Ouattara has overwhelmingly won another term in office. His two main rivals had boycotted the vote and urged opposition supporters to stay home on election day.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has been reelected to a third term after securing 94.27% of the vote, the electoral commission announced Tuesday.
The European Union on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over post-election tensions in Ivory Coast.
Chief EU diplomat Josep Borrell said: "The violence that resulted in several deaths and injuries must be independently investigated to ensure that justice is done without delay," in remarks carried by the news agency AFP.
The EU expected "all stakeholders" to promote reconciliation and resume dialogue, Borell said.
The two opposition candidates who boycotted the vote — former President Henri Konan Bedie and ex-Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan — have said they will not recognize Ouattara's victory.
They also vowed to create a rival "transitional government" that will work to hold "a fair, transparent and inclusive presidential election."
Ouattara, who has been in power for nearly a decade, initially announced he would not seek a third term in order to make way for a new generation. But he reversed that decision after his party's candidate died in July.
The opposition called the 78-year-old's reelection bid an illegal attempt to stay in power, given that the Ivorian constitution limits presidents to two terms. However, Ouattara maintains the two-term cap doesn't apply to him because of a constitutional amendment passed in 2016 that allowed him to restart his mandate.