At the invitation of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, the European Union established a mission to observe the presidential elections there on 31 October 2010.
The campaign for the initial ballot took place in an atmosphere of calm. The second ballot campaign became more violent, largely thanks to the presidential camp. Cristian Preda, Member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.