Voting slow and quiet
Turnout in the second round of the Central African Republic’s parliamentary elections yesterday (Sunday 27th March 2011) was said to be low and peaceful.
Opposition parties said turnout was low because people were heeding their call for a boycott. The government said turnout was low because people weren’t voting for a President as they had done in the first round on 23rd January 2011.
3,800 polling stations opened for ten hours from 6 a.m. local time.
In the first round of voting the President’s party, Kwa Na Kwa took 26 seats to one opposition seat and eight independents. The Kwa Na Kwa are expected to take the majority of the remaining 66 seats in the 101 seat parliament.