Lessons for UN Electoral Certification from the 2010 Disputed Presidential Poll in Côte D’Ivoire
"While UN electoral certification in Côte d’Ivoire did not prevent parties from contesting the election results, the Ivorian case shows the utility and limits of certification as a tool in the UN electoral toolbox. Maintaining flexibility in the definition and implementation of election certification mandates — rather than a rigid approach — may be the key to the successful use of this tool in post-conflict situations. The UN should work closely with regional and continental organizations when deciding whether to certify a post-conflict election. If the decision to undertake certification is made, it should be enshrined in the legal framework governing the post-conflict election and the UN should define and clarify post-certification follow-up measures."