CAR elections postponed

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MINUSCA peacekeepers on patrol in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. UN File Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been postponed, the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, reported on Thursday.

The vote was set to take place this Sunday but will now be held next Wednesday, 30 December.

Citizens will be electing a President and representatives for the National Assembly as part of an ongoing transition process following nearly three years of sectarian fighting between Muslim and Christian groups.

Dianne Penn reports.

The authorities in the Central African Republic postponed the elections in order to address logistical issues and to complete training for electoral agents, according to the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA.

MINUSCA reports that the ballots arrived in the capital, Bangui, on Wednesday which the UN operation will be delivering to the various provinces.

Journalists in New York asked UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric if the postponement was a setback.

"I would not characterize it as a setback.  I think obviously given the very delicate security going on in the country, it's important that the elections take place in the best possible way. The peacekeeping mission will continue to assist with the distribution of ballots and it will of course support the national Central African forces. But this was a decision taken by the Central African electoral authorities themselves. It is their process, it is their elections to run, and we are there to support them."

Meanwhile, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration efforts in the country continue.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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