DRC GOVERNMENT APPLAUDS SERVICE OF CENI PRESIDENT ABBOT APOLLINAIRE MALUMALU
KINSHASA — The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today applauded the public service of Abbot Appolinaire Malumalu, President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), upon his resignation due to health-related reasons.
Minister of Media and Communication Lambert Mende said, “the people and government of the DRC owe Abbot Malumalu an enormous debt of gratitude for his service to the nation.”
First selected to serve on the formerly named Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), in 2006, Abbot Malumalu was instrumental in leading the organization during the DRC’s first post-conflict presidential election that same year. He also led effort to prepare the nation for subsequent elections in 2011, the year he stepped down from the position. Asked to chair the CENI again in 2013, Abbot Malumalu has again served with distinction despite health issues that have required his hospitalization during much of the past several months.
“President Kabila has accepted Abbot Malumalu’s resignation and thanked him for his contributions to the DRC’s democratic governance and aspirations,” Minister Mende commented. “As we further strengthen our democratic traditions, Abbot Malumalu will always be seen as one of its early champions.”
The CENI will now move forward according to its bylaws to identify a new president, who must come from civil society and be approved by the national legislature.
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