The National Election Authority (ANE) in Central African Republic has announced provisional results indicating former Prime Minister Anicet Georges Dologuele won the most votes but fell short of a majority in the first round of a Dec. 30 presidential election.
On Monday, more than half of the 30 candidates for president in the Central African Republic’s national elections demanded authorities stop the vote count, alleging fraud.
National Election Authority (ANE) President Marie-Madeleine Nkouet on Thursday, quoted provisional results saying that the former Prime Minister Dologuele emerged first with 23.78 percent of the vote followed by Faustin Archange Touadera, with 19.42 percent.
A run-off is set to be announced by the constitutional court in the absence of an absolute majority. The provisional date is expected to be this Jan. 31.
Earlier this week, some 20 candidates held a news conference to voice their concerns, after almost 40 percent of the vote was counted. Around 16 candidates signed a declaration, warning that shadiness in the counting could lead to unrest.
Central African Republic citizens expect the Dec. 30 poll to bring stability to the central African nation following three years of conflict among Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian anti-Balaka militias, which has caused the death of thousands of people and forced about one million out of their homes.
Elections have been delayed a number of times in the former French colony. Central African Republic is currently governed by an interim government - the second one since former Prime Minister Francois Bozize was overthrown in March 2013.