Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Central African Republic: Court annuls vote

[ Jean-Louis Gondamoyen  Andres R Martinez, Bloomberg] The Central African Republic’s constitutional court upheld the results of the first round of presidential elections last month, while annulling the legislative vote because of “numerous irregularities.”

A vote to choose lawmakers will have to be carried out again, Zacharie Ndouba, the head of the court, told reporters in the capital, Bangui, on Monday. The court rejected complaints of fraud made by five out of 30 candidates in the presidential election because they didn’t provide evidence, Ndouba said.

The war-torn nation held presidential and legislative elections on Dec. 30. The constitutional court was to validate the results that had been announced by the electoral authority within 15 days of the vote, but asked for more time because of the large number of complaints and objections it had received.

The Central African Republic will hold a presidential runoff on Jan. 31 after none of the candidates in the diamond-rich nation garnered more than half of the votes. Former Prime Minister Anicet-Georges Dologuele got the most support, followed by Faustin-Archange Touadera, who also previously served as prime minister.


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