14 register to contest presidential election in CAR

Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Ahead of the expiration of the 16 December 2004 deadline for application, 14 politicians including two former presidents and incumbent head state, Gen.
François Bozizé, have applied to contest the 13 February 2005 presidential election in the Central African Republic.
The independent electoral Commission (CEMI) told PANA Friday that it received the applications before the deadline expired on 16 December for interested candidates to submit their applications.
CEMI said it will transmit the applications to the transitional constitutional court for validation "at least 30 days ahead of the election" as provided under the electoral code.
Former president André Kolingba applied on the ticket of the Central African Democratic Rally (RDC) while former president Ange Félix Patasse plans to contest as standard-bearer of the Central African People Liberation Movement (MLPC).
Other applicants are Jean-Paul Ngoupande of the National Unity Party (PUN), Charles Massi of the Democratic Forum for Modernity (FODEM) and Olivier Gabirault of the Alliance for Democracy and Progress (ADP).
Joseph Bendounga of the Movement for Democracy and Renovation in the Central African Republic (MDREC), Enoch Dérant Lakoue of the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) and Abel Goumba of the Progress Patriotic Front (FPP) also applied.
Those who applied to run as independent candidates are Martin Ziguele, Josué Binoua, Henri Pouzère, François Bozizé, Jean- Jacques Demafouth and Fidèle Gouandjika.

17 december 2004 20:18:00




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