UN SECURITY COUNCIL ASKS FOR CREDIBLE ELECTIONS IN DRC AFTER ANOTHER DELAY

UNITED NATIONS, The United Nations Security Council called for credible elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after yet another delay in the polls.

The country's electoral commission announced that the presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, which were previously scheduled for Dec 23, will now be held on Dec 30.

In a statement, members of the Security Council expressed their hope that this delay will permit the creation of favourable conditions for the Congolese people to express themselves freely on Dec 30.

They called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders, during this period, in order to ensure trust is maintained until the elections are held.

They called on all parties to engage peacefully and constructively in the electoral process, to ensure transparent, peaceful and credible elections that will result in a transfer of power in accordance with the constitution and the Dec 31, 2016 Agreement.

DRC elections were long overdue. The Dec 31, 2016 Agreement allowed President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, to stay on after his term of office had expired, on the condition that elections would be held within 2017.

But elections were delayed on the grounds of logistics, triggering unrest. In Nov, 2017, the country's electoral commission announced the new electoral date of Dec 23, 2018.

Source: NAM News Network