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On Election Day, POECI’s national-level observers in Côte d’Ivoire reported only 4 critical incidents of economic violence where election materials for a candidate, civil society group or political party were defaced or otherwise damaged. This graph shows the gender of the victims and perpetrators, as well as the number of incidents reported at the national level. In no reported incidents were women the sole perpetrators or victims.

POECI observers in the four targeted districts for constituency-level observations reported a total of 19 critical incidents of intimidation, harassment or violence. This graph shows the gender of the perpetrators and victims of these incidents. From this graph, it is easier to see that while men and women experienced incidents of violence at relatively similar levels, more incidents involved women as victims rather than perpetrators, whereas the reverse is true for men.

On Election Day, POECI’s national-level observers in Côte d’Ivoire reported only 27 total incidents of intimidation, harassment or violence. This graph shows the gender of the victims and perpetrators; as well as the breakdown of incidents of intimidation, harassment or violence reported. Of these incidents, the majority of perpetrators were men.

In the incidents of physical violence that were reported by observers on election day, women made up over half the victims, at 60% of all reported victims, with no observers reporting incidents involving both men and women victims. 

Of the incidents of intimidation, threats and bullying that were reported by observers on election day, 54% involved both male and female victims. In reported incidents where only one gender was reported, slightly more men were attacked than women. 

In the few reported incidents of physical violence on election day, the perpetrators were overwhelmingly reported by observers to be men. In 80% of reported incidents of physical violence, perpetrators were male, while female perpetrators were reported in only 20%.

While Election Day in Nicaragua was peaceful overall, there were 211 confirmed critical incidents reported by observers. Of these incidents, only 20% in total were reported to be violent, as seen in this chart. These incidents, in turn, were nearly all incidents of intimidation, threats or bullying, with only 2% of all reported incidents characterized by physical violence.

Of the reported incidents on election day, victims were primarily voters: in 36% of reported incidents, observers indicated that voters were the victims of incidents. However, a significant percentage of incidents were reported with no clear affiliation or role for the victim. Members of civil society were also more frequently targeted, with 19% of reported incidents affecting them. 

While few reports of critical incidents were submitted by observers, of those that were, men were reported to be the perpetrators in 36% of the incidents recorded, while women were reported to be the perpetrators in only 17% of the reported incidents. 

Overall, very few confirmed incidents of violence were reported on election day. Of those that were reported by observers, nearly half involved both men and women victims, with 17% involving only women victims, and 18% involving only male victims.

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Electoral violence undermines democratic elections, which are a cornerstone of democratic governance. Violence against women in elections is a particular form of electoral violence, motivated by a desire to prevent women from participating in the electoral process, which sees women attacked for daring to participate in elections. Learn More About Votes Without Violence