Panafrican News Agency

Côte d'Ivoire: Opposition candidates call for boycott of presidential election

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Opposition candidates Henri Konan Bédié (PDCI) and Pascal Affi N'Guessan (FPI) Thursday called on their supporters to boycott the October 31 presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire, just hours before the opening of the election campaign.

The two candidates opposed to the current president, Alassane Ouattara, who is seeking a controversial third term, said at a press briefing that they were not concerned by the ongoing electoral process.

According to Ivorian media reports, the two politicians called on their activists to boycott the distribution of voter cards while urging them to stop the electoral process by all legal means.

They added that the electoral process was illegal and that their activists should not participate in the campaign.

Since the announcement of the incumbent president's candidacy for the October 31 presidential election, the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire has crystallized with demonstrations that have cost lives.


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