CAR votes for peace in landmark election

    CAR votes for peace in landmark election

    Dec 30, Bangui: People in the Central African Republic (CAR) are voting in a crucial election aiming that the election will restore peace and democracy to a divided country scarred by years of violence.

    The presidential and parliamentary vote has been delayed several times, with the latest date set for Sunday pushed back again by three days to allow officials deal with technical and organisational difficulties.

    Julius Rufin Ngoadebaba, spokesman for the National Electoral Authority said that, "This time, everything will be fine throughout Central African Republic."

    Thirty candidates are competing for the presidency, with some of the frontrunners including former prime ministers Martin Ziguele and Anicet Georges Dologuele, media reports said.

    Other top candidates include a former foreign minister, Karim Meckassoua, and Bilal Desire Nzanga-Kolingba, who is the son of a former president.

    More than 1.8 million people are expected to vote, at more than 500 polling stations across the country, which has been ruled since May 2014 by interim President Catherine Samba-Panza.

    The Oslo Times


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