DRC: Electoral Commission Stays Committed to December 20th Timeline

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Amidst speculation and reports circulating in certain media outlets regarding a potential postponement of the general elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni) maintains its stance, asserting its commitment to adhere to the constitutional deadline.

Despite grappling with a tight schedule and logistical challenges, Céni remains steadfast in its efforts to conduct the elections on December 20th. The government has sought additional support from MONUSCO and Angolan aviation due to logistical challenges.

As of now, Angola is yet to respond to the DRC’s request for assistance with its air fleet. Similarly, the United Nations Security Council has not yet acted on the government’s official request for additional logistical support. Notably, the next confirmed meeting of the Security Council is scheduled for December 20th, the day of the elections, where the new resolution extending MONUSCO’s mandate will be discussed.

In the face of these developments, Céni continues to progress without contemplating a shift in the electoral timeline. Denis Kadima reiterated on Thursday, before the members of the Council of State, the confirmation of the elections taking place on December 20th.

Denis Kadima also called on candidates to pursue a peaceful campaign. In an official statement, Céni urged voters to actively participate in the elections. The Commission specified that polling stations would be open and operational from 06:00 to 17:00 local time.

Furthermore, regularly registered voters, as well as those with illegible or lost cards, are encouraged to visit the polling stations, where Céni personnel will address their cases. The unfolding situation underscores the resilience and determination of the electoral commission amid the complexities of organizing a crucial democratic process.

Soukaina Sghir

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