Candidate files late for CAR poll

2010-11-18 09:40

Bangui - A Central African opposition figure said on Wednesday he had filed a late application to run in January's presidential poll, days after the election commission announced the candidates.

"I handed in my dossier yesterday around midnight," Emile Gros Raymond Nakombo, 54, of the Central African Democratic Rally (RDC) party told AFP in a telephone interview.

Nakombo said his party, founded by late president Andre Kolingba, had also registered 50 candidates to run in the Central African Republic's legislative elections, also set for January 23 along with the presidential poll.

Nakombo's announcement comes days after the country's electoral commission approved four candidates for the presidential polls -including President Francois Bozize and the man he ousted in a 2003 coup, Ange-Felix Patasse.

But opposition figures were missing from both the final candidate list announced on Friday and from an initial official list of presidential hopefuls.

The electoral commission said opposition and former rebel groups failed to meet a November 08 registration deadline.

For their part, opposition parties protested that the closing registration date was brought forward by about a month in October.