UN Chief Urges Peaceful Voting in Central Africa Run-Off on Sunday

© AP Photo / Jerome DelayBallots and other voting materials are unloaded from a UN truck at a polling station in Bangui, Central African Republic, Saturday Feb. 13, 2016
Ballots and other voting materials are unloaded from a UN truck at a polling station in Bangui, Central African Republic, Saturday Feb. 13, 2016 - Sputnik International
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on all Central Africans, including the candidates, to ensure that the presidential run-off and the new round of legislative elections, scheduled to take place on Sunday, according to official statement.

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UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to ensure peaceful and credible voting in the presidential run-off and the next round of legislative elections on Sunday, a UN statement said Saturday.

“The Secretary-General calls on all Central Africans, including the candidates, to ensure that the presidential run-off and the new round of legislative elections, scheduled to take place on Sunday, 14 February, are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner,” the statement reads.

According to the statement, Sunday's polls will bring the country closer to the end of the transition and a return to constitutional order, which is important for political stability and long-term economic recovery.

“[Ban] urges them to resolve any dispute that may arise from the elections through established legal channels. Those who instigate or perpetrate acts of violence will be held accountable,” the statement added.

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The Central African Republic has been suffering from sectarian clashes between Muslims and Christians since the 2013 coup, when Muslim Seleka rebels seized control in the majority-Christian nation, overthrowing President Francois Bozize, who had ruled the country since 2003.

On January 25, the country’s Constitutional Court certified the presidential election results, and confirmed a run-off scheduled for January 31. However, the Court annulled the results of the parliamentary election because of irregularities.

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