The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has received a positive response from the United Nations Security Council regarding its request for logistical support in the upcoming presidential, legislative, and local elections scheduled for this Wednesday. Recognizing the importance of international assistance in organizing the elections, the Security Council has approved the provision of logistical aid through the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (Monusco).
Jose Javier de la Gasca, the president of the Security Council, emphasized the crucial role of continued international support for the DRC in the electoral process. In response to a request made by Congolese authorities on Tuesday, the Security Council has authorized Monusco to offer logistical assistance for the electoral process.
This decision addresses the Congolese government’s need for support in transporting electoral materials across the country. While Monusco has previously assisted in the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu since December 5, the recent request extends the support to other regions, such as Equateur, which remain challenging to access and require air transportation.
The Security Council’s approval comes with the condition that the support will be provided “within the limits of the mission’s existing resources and without affecting its ability to carry out previously mandated activities.” This development marks a collaborative effort between the DRC and the international community to ensure the successful and well-organized conduct of the upcoming elections.