Lines formed in the capital Bangui as well as in the predominantly Muslim PK- 5. We should put a stop to the battle,” said businessman Gradias Vara.
Predominantly Muslim rebels from a group known as the Seleka captured power in the bulk Christian country in early 2013, triggering reprisals in the Christian anti-balaka militias that activated a cycle of spiritual and inter-communal killings.
Thirty candidates are competing for the presidency however in the lack of an incumbent or opinion polls, it’s difficult to call a winner. Top nominees include former prime ministers Anicet- Martin Ziguele and Georges Dologuele.
Ziguele received a boost when anti-balaka militias that have formed the Central African Party of Development and Unity said they’d support his candidacy. Other nominees include Bilal Desire Nzanga, and former Foreign Minister Karim Meckassoua – the son of a former president, Kolingba.
Violence in Bangui in September, and the chaos, have pressured authorities to delay the surveys. Some have cast doubt on if the election might be organised.