Central African Republic began enrolling voters for general elections in October even after rebel groups threatened to block the process.
Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza urged citizens to register as she spoke during the launching ceremony in the capital, Bangui, on Monday. The vote will “give our country new democratic institutions,” she said.
The vote, initially scheduled for August, is meant to bring back an elected government more than two years after a coup that toppled ex-President Francois Bozize. Control over the country is now divided between armed militias as the transitional government hasn’t been able to extend its influence outside Bangui, according to the United Nations.
Armed groups last week week said they had agreed to block the electoral process in the areas under their control because of the government’s delay in organizing elections.