Last straight line in the Central African Republic before the partial results of the elections on 27 December. The executive order is scheduled for Monday, January 4th. On Saturday night, ANE, the authority responsible for the election, made sure to receive almost all the folds of results and did everything to meet the deadline. But the work was slowed down, especially because a not insignificant part of the result sheets were obviously poorly filled in and rejected by the compilation system. Consequence: the ANE Commissioners make adjustments by hand, a practice condemned by the URCA, the party of the opponent Anicet-GeorgesDologuélé.
With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence morice
At the polling station in Bangui, there is a room dedicated to correcting the results sheets, these sheets where polling station officials transcribed after the count. the key figures of the votefrom the various minutes. Théophile Mokoama, Chief Rapporteur for the Election Authority, explains:
“It’s generally the number of voters on the ballot, the number of voters with the exception of the presidential election, where there are often some mistakes, and the invalid votes. The global environment where people have been scared at the end of the operations has were errors of this type. But these are significant errors that we are in the process of correcting. “
Thus, the number of voters registered by signing goes on a result sheet from zero to 120. ”Because it is an inconsistency. There can be no polling station where there has been a vote and where no one has voted, ”continues Théophile Mokoama. A new result sheet is completed “on the basis of the elements contained in the counting report, without affecting the results obtained by the various candidates”.
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In fact, it is the minutes that are authentic, the main report insists. These reports are then attached to the file “so as not to lose traceability”. A complete legal practice, the rapporteur believes. But these arguments do not convince Wilfriedo Mesheba, spokesman for the opponent Anicet Georges Dologuélé:
“This poses a problem as it is, to put it simply, a way of circumventing the anti – fraud measures put in place to verify the validity of the results provided by the servers. And we await credible explanations.: how does this correspond to the provisions of the Electoral Code? “
In response, the ANE urges political actors to “trust” it and recalls that observers from all parties are welcome at all stages of the preparation.