Here in the United States, many of us will go to the polls tomorrow (Tuesday) to elect our representatives to Congress, state capitols and city halls. It is an important election that has generated a lot of debate, argument and emotion. For the most part, though, it is not life or death. Without minimizing our differences, whatever the results tomorrow our country will keep rolling along.
Elections in other parts of the world often have more at stake – even the continued existence of the nation itself. Such is the case in the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire. Eight years ago the nation sunk into civil war. The country was divided in half. The rebel group controlled the north and government the south. U.N. peacekeepers patrolled the middle. In the midst of that, I had the chance to travel across the country, passing through government, U.N. and rebel check points.
The past Sunday, Cote d’Ivoire had its first national election in years. The nation was tense as people went to the polls, but the voting went mostly peacefully. Now the voters wait for the results, which should come by Wednesday. The question is: will the party that loses accept the outcome peacefully … or will they revolt? That is something we do not need to worry about here in the U.S.
Let’s watch the results in Cote d’Ivoire closely in the next couple of days … and pray for peace.