Ethiopia: AU urges CAR to ensure success of electoral process

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Wednesday called on political stakeholders in Central African Republic (CAR) to do all they can to ensure the success of the electoral process underway in the country and to lay the foundation for the restoration of lasting peace, security and reconciliation.

In a statement issued here on the day voters in CAR held the first round of presidential and legislative elections, the Chairperson renewed the AU’s support for CAR in what she called "this critical stage of the transition."

The AUC has deployed a team of observers led by former Prime Minister of Senegal Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye, in addition to making a financial contribution to the funding of the elections.

Also, and at the request of the CAR authorities, the contingent of the Regional Task Force (RTF) of the AU-led Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA), is providing, within its area of deployment and capacity, logistical and security support for the organization of the election, in collaboration with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA).

Dlamini Zuma said she looked forward to the holding of the polls in the required conditions of security, freedom, transparence and fairness.

According to the statement, the Chairperson urged the people of CAR, as they had demonstrated during the registration on the voters’ list and the constitutional referendum which took place on 13 and 14 Dec. 2015, to seize the opportunity of the first round of the presidential and legislative elections to display their determination to open a new chapter in their country’s troubled history.

The elections are expected to mark the end of the transition in the country.

Dlamini Zuma reiterated the AU’s appreciation to the transitional authorities, including Madame Catherine Samba-Panza, Head of State of the Transition, for the remarkable efforts they exerted towards the successful conclusion of the transition in their country.

The Chairperson expressed the AU’s gratitude to leaders of the region and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the United Nations, including through MINUSCA, as well as to the larger international community, for the invaluable support extended to the CAR towards the conclusion of the transition.

She noted with satisfaction the important role played on the ground by the Coordinating Group for the Preparation and Monitoring of the Meetings of the ICG-CAR (G8- CAR) chaired by her Special Representative and Head of the African Mission for the CAR and Central Africa (MISAC), Gen. Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko.
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30 december 2015 21:27:21




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