Ivory Coast's ruling RHDP party nominated President Alassane Ouattara to seek re-election, but he is withholding a decision on seeking a third term.
Earlier this year, the 76-year old Ouattara spoke of turning over the leadership reigns to a new generation.
Ouattara's plans to bow out may have changed when his prime minister and preferred successor Amadou Gon Coulibaly died of cardiac arrest earlier this month.
During a tribute to Coulibaly, the president said he needed time to decide if he would consider seeking re-election.
Ouattara could announce his decision on running again during a planned speech to the nation August 6.
Opposition groups in Ivory Coast oppose Ouattara extending his 10-year reign, citing a third term in office would be unconstitutional.
Voters are expected to choose the country's next president on October 31.