In addition to attacks by rebel groups to prevent the electoral process from taking place in the Central African Republic, the opposition’s refusal to participate in the second round of the legislative elections will further weaken the country’s institutions in an already difficult security environment.
The opposition coalition COD 2020, which brings together the largest parties and movements in opposition to President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, announced on Tuesday 2 February its withdrawal from the rest of the electoral process in the Central African Republic (CAR).
« Despite numerous irregularities, massive fraud, violence and assaults by 346 petitioners, the Constitutional Court in proclaiming the final results of the first round of these legislative elections confirmed that they were a sham without precedent in the political history of CAR, » their statement said.
Rejecting the results proclaimed by the Constitutional Court, the opposition leaders meeting within this coalition said they are withdrawing « entirely from the calamitous electoral process underway by no longer presenting candidates for the partial or second round of the said legislative elections.
The Constitutional Court on Monday annulled for irregularities the results of the first round in 13 constituencies out of 140, citing various reasons, namely: threats and intimidation, counting in troubled circumstances, or destroyed ballot boxes.
Only 22 MPs were declared elected in the first round. Of these, 05 are from the MCU, the presidential movement, while 03 are from the Patrie party of Crépin Mboli Goumba, 02 for the URCA of the opponent Anicet Georges Dologuélé, and only one for the KNK of François Bozizé, as well as for the MLPC of Martin Ziguélé.
The partial results proclaimed by the Constitutional Court do not allow, in the current state, to establish real trends regarding the weight of political forces in the future parliament.
The National Elections Authority (NEA) will soon unveil a new electoral calendar in order to organise the second round of the legislative elections as soon as possible. The mandate of the current assembly expires on 2 May.
The first round of the coupled elections (presidential and legislative) was held on 27 December 2020. A poll that could not take place in many places because of the insecurity caused by the offensive launched by the rebel groups of the Coalition for Change (CPC).