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DRC GOVERNMENT WELCOMES PURCHASE OF ELECTORAL KITS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION TO ADVANCE THE NATION’S ELECTORAL PROCESS

KINSHASA—The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the purchase by the nation’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the first 500 electoral kits that will be used for the identification and registration of Congolese voters for upcoming elections. CENI President Cornelius Nangaa announced this week that the commission had selected the supplier of the kits and was preparing to sign a contract that would deliver 500 kits later this month.

“The DRC Government welcomes the purchase of these electoral kits, which will enable the CENI to enroll voters and make sure the voice of the Congolese people is heard in the electoral process,” said Minister of Media and Communication Lambert Mende. “This purchase is a critical step in our nation’s preparation for upcoming elections, and demonstrates to our citizens and the international community that we are working to advance this process. It is incumbent on all stakeholders – CENI, the Government, political parties, civil society, donors and other international partners – to work together to ensure that our democratic process is successful.”

“President Kabila continues to pursue political consensus through a national dialogue, but meanwhile has taken actions that have enabled the CENI to continue to prepare for elections,” Minister Mende added. “These actions have included the allocation of US$300 million to the CENI in February, which made possible the purchase of these electoral kits.”

According to the CENI, the electoral kits will begin to be used started in July as part of a pilot in the province of North Ubangi. After a brief evaluation and adjustment period, the use of the kits will be scaled to other areas.

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