Opposition Candidates in Ivory Coast will boycott polls

Two major opposition candidates in Ivory Coast’s October 31 Presidential vote, the former head of state, Henri Konan Bédié, and the former Prime Minister, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, have announced they are boycotting the poll. 

“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 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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