Central African Republic's National Election Authority says partial results show citizens have voted yes on a constitutional referendum meant to usher stability into a nation wracked by years of sectarian violence.

Authority spokesman Julius Rufin Ngoadebaba said Thursday 90 percent approved the proposals put forward in the referendum, while 10 percent voted against it

Sunday's vote is seen as a test for much-delayed national elections scheduled for Dec. 27 to replace a transitional government. Violence that killed five and threats of attacks delayed the vote in some areas.

The proposals create a senate, allow for freedom of worship and intolerance for religious fundamentalism. They call a coup a crime against the people, adding that perpetrators and accomplices cannot hold public offices.

The nation has been highly volatile since early 2013.