CAR: UN chief urges peaceful, credible conduct of CAR polls on draft Constitution

Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) -  On the eve of the referendum on the draft Constitution in Central African Republic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all national stakeholders to ensure that the referendum is conducted in a peaceful and credible manner.

“The referendum is a significant milestone towards the end of the transition in the Central African Republic which will lay new foundations for a stable future for the country and its people,” said a statement issued Saturday by Mr. Ban's spokesperson in New York.

Mr. Ban also reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support the efforts of the Transitional Authorities and the electoral process.

Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein voiced deep concern at mounting sectarian language, warning of possible “dramatic consequences” given the highly volatile pre-election atmosphere.

“I strongly condemn the incitement of violence and provocation of inter-communal tensions by some armed groups and political leaders. This could very easily lead to yet another wave of targeted attacks in the country,” said Mr. Zeid in a statement.

The referendum is taking place this weekend, and Mr. Zeid deplored the violent incidents that erupted in Bangui, the capital, earlier this week after the list of eligible candidates for the presidential elections, to be held later this month, was made public.

He called upon the State authorities to take urgent action to stem incitement to violence and hatred, and ensure accountability for human rights violations.
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12 december 2015 19:36:56

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