Opposition boycott second round
A group of opposition parties, the Collective Force for Change, have said that they will boycott the second round of legislative elections due to take place on 20th March 2011.
President Francois Bozize was elected with 66% of the vote in the first round on 23rd January 2011 but this boycott is for the parliamentary seats.
In the first round of voting Bozize’s party the Kwa Na Kwa (KNK) won 26 seats outright for the 105 seat parliament, the Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC) took one seat and Independents took 8 seats. Of the remaining 70 seats, two seats have been disputed and will re-run the first round and 68 seats will proceed to the second round.
The Central African Republic has a second round system whereby if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote there is a second round runoff. Only those candidates with 10% or more of the vote are eligible to stand in the second round.