Electoral process key to restore peace in CAR

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Babacar Gaye. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Credible elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) will help mark the end of a political transition according to the Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSCA).

But briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, General Babacar Gaye said security and financial challenges continue to impede the work of the National Election Authority (ANE).

The Central African Republic has endured more than two years of sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian militias.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

In January 2014, a transitional government was elected to help restore stability in the country.

The Head of MINUSCA, Babacar Gaye, said "historic consultations" were completed in March, giving Central Africans an opportunity to express their views on the way forward for the country.

However, he said funds are lacking to organize the electoral process, which is crucial for the country's future.

“While MINUSCA has provided advice on operational plans for security and electoral operations, it is of serious concern that the basket fund of 44 million US dollars managed by the United Nations Development Programme still has a 49 percent funding gap. Indeed, the timely completion of the electoral process is linked to the timely receipt of funds for the electoral process, and we call on Member-States' prompt response to this appeal.”

General Gaye underlined that as the country works to restore peace and security, Central Africans can continue to rely on the UN Mission for protection.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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