May 9, 2005

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Central African Republic Reports Smooth Presidential Run-Off Elections (Gabi Menezes, 08 May 2005, VOA News)

In the Central African Republic, people lined up early Sunday to vote in the second round of presidential and legislative elections. Poll monitors say the voting was smooth and fair. Results are not expected for several days.

Voters are choosing between presidential candidates Martin Ziguele and incumbent Francois Bozize, as well as 87 members of the national assembly, who failed to gain more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round.

A local journalist, Maka Gbosso Koto, who was at a voting center in the Galadaja district of CAR's capital, Bangui, said he believes the elections are open, and says the atmosphere is not at all tense.

Mr. Koto says people are voting very quickly, and the second round of elections was well organized.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2005 3:22 PM
Comments

As long as voter turnout is under 70% (preferably under 60%), and parties split the vote within a range of 55-45 (assuming a two-party system), then perhaps democracy is taking root.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at May 10, 2005 1:47 AM
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