CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC VOTERS CAST THEIR BALLOTS UNDER TIGHT SECURITY IN A SECOND ROUND OF PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on March 15, 2021
Voters in the Central African Republic, CAR have cast their ballots under tight security in a second round of parliamentary elections after an outbreak of violence severely disrupted polls late last year.
Forty-nine of the National Assembly’s one hundred and forty seats are up for grabs in Sunday’s vote after twenty-two members of parliament were elected outright in the first round.
For the other sixty-nine seats where the unrest stopped the December 27, 2020 vote from taking place, the polls will serve as the first round to be followed if necessary by a second on yet to be scheduled date.
Reports say the authorities are anxious to avoid a repeat of the turmoil surrounding last year’s legislative and Presidential polls when President Faustin-Archange Touadera won a re-election but a new alliance of rebel groups who the United Nations say are backed by former President, Francois Bozize sought to take control amid allegations of voting irregularities.