Live updates and Breakdown of the 2020 Central African Republic President and National Assembly Election
Polls opened on Sunday for the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Central African Republic, taking place under a cloud of intimidation and abuse from militant rebel groups.
Polls Open in the Central African Republic Amid Fears of Violence
Updated at 9:10 WAT: After a campaign marred by violence between the government and opposition groups, elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) are underway.
Eyes are on target with defense assembled in the capital of Bangui and other regions of the country.
On Saturday, a request by opposition candidates to postpone the vote due to insecurity was refused by the Constitutional Court.
In the run-up, during two separate assaults, suspected gunmen killed three UN peacekeepers.
President Faustin-Archange Touadera is pursuing a second term in office and has accused François Bozizé, his predecessor, of promoting a rebel group and planning a coup.
This is the first election in the country since February 2019 while a peace deal was signed. By Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed.
Central African Republic Votes ‘massively’ Amid Sporadic Rebel Gunfire
The president of the U.N., after a sluggish start and occasional shooting in several cities, The country’s mission said in a declaration that there was a big turnout. He did not provide information.
There is fear that in rural cities, some occupied by armed separatists, a significant percentage of the 1.8 million eligible voters in a sparsely inhabited country larger than France could not vote.
In the town of Bouar, about 435 km (270 miles) northwest of the capital, heavy gunfire was confirmed, a resident said. In other cities, including Bossangoa in the northwest and Bria in the east, gunshots also interrupted elections.
“This morning, they (rebels) started firing, hoping to scare people away from voting. Yes, in certain areas, it is difficult but in many other areas, you can see people going out massively to vote,” Mankeur Ndiaye said. By Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed.