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Ivoirians want presidential mandates limited to two terms, age limits for presidential candidates

10 Jul 2020 Côte d'Ivoire
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Key findings
  • More than three-quarters (78%) of Ivoirians want presidential mandates to be limited to two terms. Only two in 10 (21%) oppose this restriction (Figure 1).
  • Support for term limits has consistently exceeded three-fourths since Afrobarometer’s first survey in Côte d’Ivoire in 2013 (Figure 2).
  • About eight out of 10 Ivoirians say there should be a minimum age requirement (81%) and a maximum age limit (77%) for presidential candidates (Figure 3).
  • When asked what they think the age limits for presidential candidates should be, most respondents proposed a minimum age between 18 and 49 years (78%) and a maximum age of 80 years or less (87%) (Figure 4).

Most Ivoirians favour limiting presidential mandates to two terms, an Afrobarometer survey shows.

The survey, conducted in November 2019, shows that more than three-fourths (78%) of citizens say the Constitution should limit the president to a maximum of two terms. Term limits have had solid public backing since Afrobarometer began its national surveys in Côte d’Ivoire in 2013. The decision initially announced by President Alassane Ouattara not to seek a third term was thus in line with public opinion.

Ivoirians also believe there should be minimum and maximum age limits for presidential candidates. Among those who support age limits for presidential candidates, almost nine out of 10 (87%) propose maximum ages of 80 years or lower.