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By Marie-Soleil Frère

Over the last ten years, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Chad, important African Republic, Congo Brazzaville and Rwanda all prepared pluralist elections in a put up clash context, having skilled an armed clash which both interrupted or avoided democratization processes. These polls have been prepared with the aid of the overseas neighborhood, which considered them as a very important step within the peace-building method. The neighborhood media's position all through has been to make sure that an electoral strategy is admittedly "free and reasonable" -- a job that turns into much more an important in nations the place the media have formerly being perceived as warmongers or peace-builders within the conflicts. Giving a voice to African newshounds and studying the paintings they've been publishing or broadcasting in the course of those elections, African media professional Marie-Soleil Frere explores if and the way the neighborhood media fulfilled their tasks. In doing so, the publication finds newshounds' professionalism at a time while a lot is predicted from the media, in addition to the serious political strain confronted which could make their paintings rather tricky. Insightful and finished, Elections and the Media in Post-Conflict Africa underlines either the significance and the fragility of the position of the media in a democratic system. 

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A second-round run-off between Bozizé and Ziguélé was scheduled. A coalition was first formed against the incumbent president by the other candidates (called the Union of Active Forces of the Nation – UFVN), but it was immediately weakened when some of the ousted candidates sought to distance themselves from Ziguélé, who seemed in fact to be lagging too far behind. 5 per cent of the ballot. Polling day was peaceful, except for one major incident that was reported in the fourth district of Bangui.

A coalition was first formed against the incumbent president by the other candidates (called the Union of Active Forces of the Nation – UFVN), but it was immediately weakened when some of the ousted candidates sought to distance themselves from Ziguélé, who seemed in fact to be lagging too far behind. 5 per cent of the ballot. Polling day was peaceful, except for one major incident that was reported in the fourth district of Bangui. Nicolas Tiangaye, president of the National Transition Council and former president of the Central African Human elections and the media╛╛|╛╛ 31 Rights League (LCDH) was running there as an independent candidate.

Outside Bangui, a generator is usually needed to produce electricity, and most of the stations could not afford the required fuel. Lacking technical know-how, radio stations were at elections and the media╛╛|╛╛ 35 the mercy of the slightest technical breakdown and were totally dependent on a few experts based in Bangui for maintenance of and repairs to the transmitting and production equipment. As far as television is concerned, the only station in 2005 was the national Télé Centrafrique, which only reached a limited elite of some 50,000 homes in Bangui.

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