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The Central African Republic's law advisory body, the National Transitional Council, voted 64-2 on a bill on Wednesday setting up an electoral commission to oversee presidential and parliamentary polls due to be held early in 2005.

"There was only one abstention," Justin Ndjapou, chairman of the council's plenary session, told IRIN.

State-owned Radio Centafrique reported on Thursday that the new body, known as the Mixed Independent Electoral Commission (Commission Electorale Mixte Independante) would comprise 45 to 60 members.

The election would mark the end of the transitional period that Francois Bozize set up when he overthrew President Ange-Felix Patasse on 15 March 2003. Bozize has said he would not contest the presidency.

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