Historic election run-off in CAR must be "peaceful and credible" says Ban

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Voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) went to the polls on 30 December 2015. Photo: MINUSCA

The presidential run-off election in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Sunday needs to be "peaceful and credible" to bring the country together.

That's according to a statement issued on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as Central Africans head to the polls after more than two years of simmering sectarian violence across the country.

Matthew Wells reports.

The statement from Mr Ban's spokesperson was issued on Saturday ahead of the historic vote which will see two former Prime Ministers vying for the presidency, after months of sectarian strife between Christian and Muslim communities.

The country is currently being led by Transitional Authorities, and Mr Ban praised their efforts in successfully overseeing both the presidential and parliamentary election process so far.

He also highlighted the "significant support" of the UN stabilization mission in the country, MINUSCA, saying that is was prepared to take "all necessary measures" to ensure the vote proceeds smoothly.

According to news reports quoting the UN force commander, a total of around 10,000 peacekeepers from the mission are on hand in the capital Bangui, and patrolling provincial areas.

The Secretary-General's statement said a peaceful vote would be an important step towards "political stability and long-term economic recovery".

Mr Ban added that the UN, the Economic Community of Central African States, and the African Union were all committed to help the country advance towards a peaceful and prosperous future.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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