Live report from Andy Graham while living in Ivory Coast, a USA citizen. Cote d'Ivoire Election Of President October 31 2010 - Ivory Coast
Proof this person voted in "Ivory Coast" --- "Cote d'Ivoire" West Africa
5:12 AM --- I am lying here bed in Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
by Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
I have spent the last 45 minutes searching on my Verizon BlackBerry Bold for news of the results of the election. I am connected, I am a “World Citizen”, I know of more ways of finding the insider news about a situation than the average schmuck.
Google Search - Nothing
CNN - Nothing
New York Times - Nothing
Wikinews.org - Nothing
Wikinews.org French - Nothing
I have resorted to searching in French, with the proper French accents:
I have to translate with my BBTran BlackBerry Application, copy, then paste into Google.com to see if I can find information. Hmm, I should try Google.fr, I will go search. At the last insertion of letters, I opted for “Google.ci” the Google domain for Côte d'Ivoire.
Many searches later, I am finally at a page that may be conclusive and the first in the event of information released. The official site of the Côte d'Ivoire, Government.
5:47 am, enough is enough, the Internet is still not at good as sticking my head and body out of the room, the Ivory Coast people are early riser, I will go and ask real live people. I am sure the Radio is more current than the Internet.
7:01 am, the word on the street is Wednesday, they will know Wednesday, I am fully aware I am in Africa and words are spoken with no facts behind them, whether from a person on the street or the President of the country.
Is it safe?
I am not in the North or West of Cote d’Ivoire, I am not in Abidjan, I am in Grand Bassam, and I feel completely safe. There are people in this country presently fighting to be the group in control of the collection of all money, normally called taxes. The small people are safe, the rich and famous, the politicians, the police and the military are extremely dangerous in this time period. Confusion is a dangerous aspect of travel, any confusion and people jump to conclusions.
Video of Lines at Schools in Grand Bassam