AU urges respect for election results in Central African Republic

The African Union (AU) electoral observer mission in the Central African Republic on Tuesday called for respect of the results of Sunday's presidential runoff.


In a statement released in Bangui, the country’s capital, the AU electoral observer mission, led by former Senegalese prime minister Souleymane Ndiaye, said Sunday’s presidential runoff was “generally peaceful and transparent.”

Two days after Central African Republic’s second round of the presidential elections, the winner has not yet been known although the partial results show Faustin-Archange Touadera leading his rival Anicet Georges Dologuele.

“The mission urges political parties and candidates to respect the verdict from the ballot box and maintain the peaceful climate that prevailed during the electoral process,” said the statement.

Addressing the media in Bangui, Guy Rene Sakanga Morouba, head of logistics within the country’s National Elections Authority, said Tuesday so far only 60 percent of the votes cast had been counted.

Morouba said the election body will start publishing provisional results of the presidential runoff as well as legislative elections.

The country’s Constitutional Court cancelled results of the legislative elections held together with the first round of the presidential elections on Dec. 30, 2015, due to massive irregularities. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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