It is officially this Monday, January 18, 2021 that the Central African Constitutional Court validated the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. The latter had a score of 53.16% of the vote, in the presidential election of December 27, 2020 in the first round.
The Court thus rendered its decision concerning the presidential election held on December 27, 2020. However, members of the opposition vigorously rejected these results citing “massive fraud” and the impossibility of certain Central African citizens not to have were able to exercise their right to vote because of the prevailing insecurity in the country. Rebel groups, six in number, had formed a coalition two weeks before the first round. They had undertaken to march towards Bangui the capital to prevent the holding of the elections. This Monday again while the Constitutional Court published the results, their offices were under close surveillance for security reasons.
As a result, all of the opposition’s requests were dismissed, according to the Court, for lack of evidence. She had denounced the irregularities in the conduct of the presidential and legislative elections. With this confirmation of the results, the Constitutional Court revised down the turnout. It went from 76.31% announced to 35.25% today.
Outgoing president Faustin-Archange Touadéra was credited with 53.16% and his main challenger, Anicet-Georges Dologuélé had 21.69%. It is now up to the new head of state to work to restore security and peace to the country and to reconcile the Central Africans.