CAR: elections annulled in strife-torn country

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By Euronews  with Reuters, AFP
CAR: elections annulled in strife-torn country
  • Results certified from first round
  • Legislative election annulled due to “irregularities”
  • Two former prime ministers in run-off
  • Poll not expected before February 7th

The top court in Central African Republic has annulled last December’s elections over what is says were “irregularities”.

Fresh elections should be held within 60 days of the last one, according to law, but analysts say that is unlikely to happen in a country with limited infrastructure.

Presidential run-off

However, the constitutional court has confirmed who will contest the presidency in a long-awaited run-off later this month.

Two former prime ministers will compete in the run-off.

The results, certified on Monday, gave the leading candidate Anicet Georges Dologuele nearly 24 percent of the vote.

Second-place finisher Faustin Archange Touadere was on 19 percent.

The context

The run-off was initially scheduled for January the 31st but is now expected no earlier than February the 7th.

Whoever wins the election will take over from a transitional government that came to power in 2014 when a rebel leader stepped aside less than a year after his forces overthrew the government.

Sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims in the past several years has caused nearly one million people to flee their homes.

In numbers

Mr Dologuélé won 268,952 votes, corresponding to 23.74% of the national vote.

Faustin Archange Touadéra won 215,000 votes, or 19.05% of the national vote.

Désiré Kolingba, the son of a former head of state, came third with 135,198 votes (12.04%)

Former Prime Minister Martin Ziguélé came fourth with 129,474 votes (11.43%)

Jean-Serge Bokassa, another son of a former head of state, was fifth with 68,705 votes (6.06%)

In total, 30 candidates took part in the first round of voting.

1,362, 886 votes were counted.

Two million were eligible to vote in the country.

What they are saying

The legislative vote was flawed by “numerous irregularities and the involvement of the candidates in them.”- Zacharie Ndouma, President of the Constitutional Court.