CAR constitution vote extended amid violence

2015-12-15 11:30


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Bangui - Central African Republic's National Election Authority and the United Nations say voting on a constitutional referendum has been extended in areas where violence kept people at home.

Violence on Sunday prevented many from voting on a referendum seen as a test of whether national elections can take place at the end of the month.

The vote was held on Monday in the PK5 neighbourhood of the capital, Bangui, where at least two people were killed on Sunday. Officials said the vote would be extended to the northern town of Kaga-Bandoro on Tuesday.

UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Monday the vote is also extended in Birao, Bossangoa and Ndele. It is unclear how long the vote will be extended.

Presidential elections are scheduled for December 27 and have already been delayed several times.

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