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UN provides electoral support in Central African Republic


United Nations – The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has distributed some 6,500 election observation kits to candidates and political parties over the weekend.

The spokesman office of the UN Secretary-General confirmed in a statement on Tuesday in New York that electoral materials were delivered to all 16 prefectures, as well as to the diaspora and refugee host countries.

It said the delivery from the prefectures to the polling centres were ongoing.

Meanwhile, the office added that the training of polling agents has been completed in 15 prefectures and in Bangui.

“Political parties and candidates continued campaigning in Bangui as well as other provinces, with few electoral related incidents reported.
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The support follows the training of political party monitors carried out earlier in the month by MINUSCA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The country is set to hold legislative and presidential elections on Dec. 30, after a December 13 referendum that favored a new constitution.

The new constitution limits the president’s tenure to two terms and reins in armed militias.

Central Africa Republic has been rocked by violence since a mainly Muslim rebellion in 2013. MINUSCA was set up in 2014 to help bring peace in the country after a breakdown of governmental authority and vicious inter-communal fighting. (Xinhua/NAN)

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