CAR political transition in "most sensitive phase"

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Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The political transition in the Central African Republic is entering its "most sensitive phase" according to the UN peacekeeping chief.

Hervé Ladsous was briefing the Security Council following a constitutional referendum in the country on Sunday.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The referendum was on a new constitution, which it's hoped will play a key role in stopping more than three years of inter-ethnic violence in the Central African Republic.

Clashes were reported in some parts of the country as voters cast their ballots.

The referendum comes two weeks ahead of presidential and legislative elections on the 27 December.

UN peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous told the council on Monday that a free and fair vote is crucial.

"We must ensure that Central Africans — whether inside or outside the country — can cast a vote to elect their future government free of intimidation."

Nearly two million voters, representing 95 per cent of the estimated electorate, have been registered for the poll, a situation which the UN has described as "unprecedented."

There are 30 presidential candidates, including one woman.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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