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3R Rebels Block Electoral Process In Central African Republic

The Retour, Réclamation et Réhabilitation (3R) rebel movement in the Central African Republic continues to block the electoral registration process in the Ngaoundaye council area situated in the Ouham-Pende district with four weeks remaining to bring the window to a close.

Paulin Timondokomi, a parliamentarian and General Rapporteur of the Ngaoundaye sub-prefecture of elections explained the deadlock: “The registration of electors has been stopped by the 3R movement. They have demanded an end to the registration in accordance with an arrangement between them and the government.’

“Up until now, they are yet to come to an agreement on the ground and as a result they do not want the registration to continue. Registration agents are not in the town. They have left for Bangui but enumeration agents who are recruited locally remain in their respective quarters.”

The parliamentarian representing the Ngaoundaye constituency, Hon. Bernard Dilla, stated: “we cannot accept that a part of the Central African population are exempted from the electoral registration process.”

While the 3R movement continues to insist that an arrangement they entered into with government be respected before they can allow the electoral registration process to continue, a large segment of the population in the country sees the reference to an agreement between the rebels and the government as a ploy to boycott the electoral process in several districts opposed to the government in power.

Analysts see the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSCA), which had declared that they would put everything in place to ensure that the electoral registration process is carried out hitch-free, as complicit in the actions of the 3R movement and the government because the UN peacekeepers have remained silent and inactive as the rebels continue to block the process.

“The MINUSCA operation base is in Bang, situated less than 20 kilometres from Ngaoundaye, so why can’t the UN peacekeepers drive there and stop the 3R rebels from stopping the electoral registration process,” asked a militant of one of the opposition parties in Bangui.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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