Yesterday, the Central African Republic’s National Election Authority announced that the presidential and legislative elections will be delayed by three days.
The elections were scheduled for Sunday December 27 and now will be held on Wednesday December 30.
Prime Minister Muhamat Kamoun said that the delay was “to allow for more successful organization and ensure these elections are more transparent, credible and democratic.”
“Most of the poll workers didn’t have the level required… It is absolutely necessary to organize training and find the people we need,” Kamoun continued.
United Nations spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said that the UN peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) in the country is set to “continue to assist with the distribution of ballots and it will of course support the national Central African forces, but this was a decision taken by the Central African electoral authorities themselves. It is their process. It is their elections to run, and we are there to support them.”
CAR has faced more than two years of violence between the Séléka, the majority of whom are Muslim and the anti-Balaka groups, which are mainly Christian, reported the UN News Service.
MINUSCA is aiding in the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process in CAR.
Last week the country held a referendum which resulted in 90 per cent of voters voting for changes in the constitution which are intended to end sectarian violence, limit the duration of presidential terms to two and fight corruption.