UN Chief Appeals To Voters In CAR For Peaceful Polls

 

    UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has appealed to the electorate in Central African Republic (CAR) for a massive turn-out in Wednesday’s presidential poll.
Ban said in a statement signed late on Tuesday in New York that the upcoming elections are a historical moment for the country.

“Never before have so many Central Africans registered to vote.
“I call on every

one of you to use your right to vote without letting others prevent you from expressing yourselves peacefully,’’ he said.

Ban promised that the UN would stand by the country during this critical time.

He noted that the UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace after fighting between the mainly Muslim Seleka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups, which erupted in early 2013, in which thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more forced from their homes.

Ban, however, recalled that after nine months of improved stability earlier this year a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted in September, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others, and triggering an 18 per cent increase in internally displaced persons to 447,500. (PANA/NAN)

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