UN: UN envoy in CAR hails first-round election results

New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Thursday welcomed the announcement of the results of the first round of the presidential elections in the country.

He also invited the two candidates that will participate in the upcoming run-off poll to
maintain the spirit of peace and restraint that has prevailed throughout the process.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga, officially appointed on Thursday as the UN Secretary-General’s Special
Representative in the CAR, hailed the results of the first round of the presidential election announced by the National Elections Authority (ANE).

He congratulated the two candidates, Anicet Georges Dologuele and Faustin Archange Touadera, who rank first and second respectively in the 30 Dec. 2015 election.

He also called on the two final participants in the second round to prepare their supporters for a peaceful campaign, mindful of civic responsibilities, in line with the spirit demonstrated by the Central African population during the electoral process.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga also congratulated the 28 other candidates in the first round on the
quality of their campaign, marked by dignity and mutual respect which led to a “massive”
participation of Central African voters in the presidential and legislative elections.

He urged them to use legal means to appeal results in case of suspected irregularities and asked them to call on their supporters to respect the results announced by the ANE.

The UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace in the CAR, with military and police units from the 11,000-strong MINUSCA joining soldiers from the French Sangaris force and local security teams last 30 Dec. at polling stations to ensure a peaceful vote.

After nine months of improved stability in CAR, a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted
in September, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others and triggering an 18 per cent
increase in the number of internally displaced persons to 447,500.
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07 january 2016 22:54:33

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