The first candidate

I couldn’t help being amused by reading about the first presidential candidate to drop off his papers at the electoral commission in Abidjan. It turned out to be a certain Eloi Bolou Gouali.

No, I haven’t heard of him either. This dark horse doesn’t appear to have any presence on social media. From the photo, he looks in his early 40s, if not 30s, with a receding hairline and a slight build. In his official declaration, he said his candidature would be for stability and he would ‘fight for victory’.

As for the paperwork, you need a leglised declaration, tax form, nationality certificate, proof of no criminal record etc – according to reports in the press Mr Eloi had none of these and his handwritten declaration had not been legalised. The 20 million CFA ($40,000) deposit was not provided either.

I’d love to know more about this guy – clearly he’s too minor to be showing his political muscle like bigger names from 2010 and 2015 who might win a place at the table even if they have no chance of becoming the next head of state. Did he have a cause to thrust into the limelight? Seems unlikely give the limited statement he made, and the failure to exploit any of the free online platforms. Would love to know why people do this.

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