Central African Republic

Presidential election second round and legislatives set for 14th February


Transitional President Catherine Samba-Panza of the Central African Republic (CAR) has signed two decrees calling the presidential second round runoff and a re-run of the parliamentary elections for 14th February. The elections had originally been scheduled for this Sunday 31st January 2016.

On Monday of this week the Constitutional Court certified the presidential first round results but called for a re-run of the parliamentary election citing a number of irregularities.

After a series of delays caused by the difficult security situation in the country the presidential and parliamentary elections were held on 30th December. But after more than 400 complaints the election result was halted and the Constitutional Court asked to rule.

Following the court’s ruling and consultations with the National Election Authority (ANE) the transitional president issued decree 160050 calling for the presidential second round runoff on 14th February with the campaign running from 6th to 12th February.

In the first round there were 30 candidates with former Prime Minister (1999 – 2001) Anicet-Georges Dologuélé in first place on 23.74% of the vote and 268,952 votes. Standing as an Independent Dologuélé will face Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the Union for Central African Renewal candidate, who took 19.05% of the vote and 215,800 votes. Touadéra was prime minister of the CAR from 2008 to 2013.

In the first round of voting 1,132,886 people voted out of a potential 1,954,433 voters giving a turnout of 62.54%

In the parliamentary election 105 seats are up for election to the National Assembly. The presidential decree no 160051 also called for these elections to take place on 14th February with the campaign starting on 30th January and running until 12th February.

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