“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.
They did not say whether they would pull out of the election.
The vote has sparked tensions in Ivory Coast as incumbent President Alassane Ouattara seeks a controversial third term, prompting fears of violence.
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”.
Source: France 24