Residents in C.African Republic north town make it to polls, undeterred by previous violence

Voters in Central African Republic's northern town of Kaga-Bandoro have made it to the polls for a constitutional referendum after threats of violence by militias prevented their participation Sunday.

Saad Ahmat Ali, a spokesman for a pacifist branch of the former Muslim rebel alliance, said Tuesday that voter excitement is palpable. He said security has been strengthened by U.N. peacekeepers, and by midday there was no violence.

Muslim militia members threatened death for people who went to the polls Sunday to vote on a referendum meant to usher in stability. The vote is also seen as a test of whether national elections can take place Dec. 27 after several delays.

At least two people were killed Sunday in the capital, where voting was also extended Monday.