In clashes that have erupted in Ivory Coast before the elections, the home of Prime Minister Pascal Affi Nguessan was burned down in his hometown of Bongouanou.
Nguessan said “People were transported from Abidjan. They targeted the property of opposition leaders.”
Earlier, the former PM had called for a boycott of the polls on October 31. “The electoral process under way does not concern us… we ask our supporters for an active boycott through all legal means,” former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan had told reporters in a joint appearance with another leading opposition candidate, former president Henri Konan Bedie.
Affi N’Guessan asked supporters to “refrain from participating, both with regards to the distribution of voter registration cards and with regards to the electoral campaign”. He also called for them to “block the electoral coup that President Alassane Ouattara is preparing”, and “to prevent any operation linked to the ballot from being held”.
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