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Voting starts late in Ivory Coast election likely to see president re-elected

  • Young children look through a gate as election workers carry election material for storage and distribution to a holding area in a community center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.  Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara is widely expected to win a second term as the West African nation votes Sunday, five years after a disputed poll that spilled over into the worst violence the country has experienced since independence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Young children look through a gate as election workers carry election material for storage and distribution to a holding area in a community center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara is widely expected to win a second term as the West African nation votes Sunday, five years after a disputed poll that spilled over into the worst violence the country has experienced since independence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Election workers carry election material for distribution to a holding area at a community center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.  Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara is widely expected to win a second term as the West African nation votes Sunday, five years after a disputed poll that spilled over into the worst violence the country has experienced since independence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Election workers carry election material for distribution to a holding area at a community center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara is widely expected to win a second term as the West African nation votes Sunday, five years after a disputed poll that spilled over into the worst violence the country has experienced since independence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • An election worker carries election material at a community center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.  Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara is widely expected to win a second term as the West African nation votes Sunday, five years after a disputed poll that spilled over into the worst violence the country has experienced since independence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    An election worker carries election material at a community center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara is widely expected to win a second term as the West African nation votes Sunday, five years after a disputed poll that spilled over into the worst violence the country has experienced since independence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

Polls have opened in Ivory Coast's largest city as the West African nation holds its first presidential election since a disputed vote five years ago triggered violence that killed more than 3,000 people.

Dozens of voters lined up outside a school in Abidjan's Plateau district Sunday before the official 7 a.m. start time for the vote that incumbent President Alassane Ouattara is expected to win.

Voting started one hour late at the school, and elsewhere, but local election official Kassoume Toure said all materials had been received.

In 2010, Ouattara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo who refused to concede, sparking the worst fighting the country has experienced since independence.

Ouattara has touted an economic rebound and security gains though opponents say he has failed to reconcile the country or alleviate poverty.