Ten of the sixteen presidential candidates announced in a press release that they did not recognize the preliminary results of the December 27 presidential election and called for “cancellation”. On Monday, the ANE announced the election of outgoing President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in the first round with more than 53% of the votes cast. Results that cover only half of the electorate. The other half could not vote due to the rebellious offensive going on in the country.
With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence morice
The report prepared by the signatories of this press release is final: they believe that the presidential election on 27 December constitutes a “serious setback for democracy” and can not “give legitimacy” to President declared elected and ask for cancellation.
In support of their request, they condemn the “numerous irregularities” which, according to them, have marked the vote: a “significant proportion of votes by exemption”, the late start of electoral operations or the “purchase of votes”.
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They also note that the number of voters is close to 700,000 out of a 1.8 million electoral body and condemn the fact that a large proportion of voters have was able to exercise his right to vote. They finally point to the failed electoral security plan introduced by the government and Minusca.
Nine of these candidates had already entered ANE on Monday to condemn the lack of “transparency” and “fairness of the vote”. Among them Anicet Georges Dologuélé, who came in second place in the first round, Abou Karim Meckassoua and Mahamat Kamoun. They joined in their protest by the former president of the transition, Catherine Samba-Panza.