Accepted 15th September, 2016
This study assesses the challenges of implementing the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Mechanism and the Protocol on Democracy at it relates to the political conflict in Cote d’Ivoire following the November 2010 general elections. It argues that enforcing the ECOWAS conflict management frameworks in the electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire was unsuccessful. ECOWAS arguably, lacked the courage and capability (as it did in Liberia and Sierra Leone) to implement the provisions of the 1999 Mechanism in the face of serious humanitarian challenges and human rights violations and abuses.
Keywords: ECOWAS conflict prevention, conflict management, Cote d’Ivoire