Ivorians voted on Sunday in local elections seen as a trial run for a presidential poll in 2015 amid high tensions as the party of former president Laurent Gbagbo boycotted the poll.
Voting began Abidjan’s working-class Koumassi district about half an hour after the official 07:00 (GMT) starting time, with longer delays reported elsewhere in the West African country's main city and other urban centres.
Ivory Coast is still recovering from years of unrest which came to a head when Gbagbo refused to admit defeat in the 2010 presidential election.
Around 3 000 people died in the ensuing conflict before he was captured.
President Alassane Ouattara's government is hoping the municipal and regional polls will set the foundations for a fresh political start.
However, the final days of the campaign, which ended on Friday, were marred by physical clashes and invective.
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