CAR: Voting begins in CAR presidential, parliamentary elections

Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Voting on Wednesday began in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Central African Republic (CAR) that would climax a transition period after bloody fighting between Christian and Muslim militias claimed thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens.

The presidential and legislative elections were scheduled for last Sunday in the war-torn country but postponed to 30 December 2015, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country reported.

The new date was announced last Thursday by the national electoral authorities, who stated that more time was needed to address logistical issues and complete the training of electoral agents.

There are some 30 presidential candidates while the parliamentary vote is for a 105-member legislative assembly.

After the election, interim president Catherine Samba-Panza would hand over to the winner of the presidential vote.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has said given the very delicate security situation going on in the country, "it’s important that the elections take place in the best possible way”.

The elections, which follow the Constitutional referendum a couple of weeks ago, are seeking to stabilize the impoverished country plagued by more than two years of fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups.

Meanwhile, the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR (MINUSCA) has said that the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process in the country continues.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has warned that her Office will record any instance of violence and that anyone committing atrocity crimes will be held accountable.
-0- PANA MA 30Dec2015

30 december 2015 10:03:35

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