Ex-Prime Minister Of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, is reported to be taking an early lead in CAR's elections.
Voting took place on 30 December, with UN troops guarding polling stations. Thirty candidates vied to replace interim leader Catherine Samba-Panza in the former French colony.
In all Thirty candidates contested the poll, which is likely to go to a run-off between the top two on 31 January. Mr Touadera who was not seen as a favourite was prime minister in the government of ex-President Francois Bozize, ousted in 2013 by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.
CAR has been torn by sectarian violence since the Seleka rebels seized power in March 2013.
A band of mostly Christian militias, called the anti-Balaka, then took up arms against the Seleka.
Mr Touadera, 58, was a university maths lecturer before entering politics. He ran as an independent in the election.