Polls have opened in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) in a much-delayed election that many hopes will end nearly three years of violence between Christians and Muslims since a 2013 coup.
Security is high for Wednesday's presidential and legislative election, which was most recently delayed from Sunday to deal with technical difficulties.
U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed to sensitive areas, 300 members of the armed forces on guard in the capital Bangui, and 1,800 police and gendarmes standing watch in other areas of the country.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for "all national stakeholders to commit themselves to ensuring that the elections are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner." READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS ONLINE