A spokesman for the U.N. mission in Ivory Coast says three people were killed this week in the lead-up to legislative elections scheduled for Sunday.
Hamadoun Toure confirmed that the three people were killed in a rocket launch attack in the western region of Grand-Lahou on Wednesday, but could not provide details.
Defense Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said Thursday candidates have been traveling with armed men, giving the appearance of a "militia."
Toure said that the U.N. deplores the "isolated violent incidents" provoked by "armed men who surround candidates, that disturb the tranquility of the population."
Ivory Coast is holding its first election since the divisive 2010 presidential ballot which nearly plunged the country into civil war.