On 31 August 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan issued a Security Alert regarding upcoming elections, which reads in part as follows: “Côte d’Ivoire’s regional and municipal elections will take place throughout the country on September 2, 2023. The Côte d’Ivoire government is preparing for the administration of the elections, including with enhanced security measures and outreach to encourage a peaceful democratic process. Elections have historically raised political tensions and sometimes resulted in limited pockets of violence. Political tensions may persist into the days following the election as officials count the votes and announce the results.”