PRESIDENT KABILA SIGNS PARLIAMENT-APPROVED LEGISLATION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH LOCAL ELECTIONS
Kinshasa—August 26, 2015—Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila yesterday promulgated Parliament-approved legislation to move forward with the country’s first-ever local elections. The bill was approved by a second extraordinary session held in Kinshasa on August 11 with a 77 out of 108 majority vote. The law puts forward the Government and the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (CENI) previously recommended process that aims to organize the upcoming local elections.
“The President’s actions today reflect the government’s steadfast commitment to upholding the electoral calendar set forward by the CENI,” said Minister of Communication and Media Lambert Mende. “We look forward to the CENI’s implementation of its electoral timeline in the coming months, which will enable the Congolese people to participate in free, fair and transparent elections at all levels of government.”
With approval from the DRC National Assembly, the Senate and President Kabila’s promulgation, the CENI will now be able to conduct these elections on the previously scheduled date of October 25th, 2015. The confirmation of a date for the local elections – along with an electoral calendar that aligns with the CENI’s other timelines for municipal, legislative and presidential elections in the coming months – ensures that preparations for elections can continue without disruption.
Attached is a comprehensive schedule of the elections planned for all levels of government for 2015-2016, including previous milestones achieved and next steps in the electoral process. You can also find the comprehensive schedule by clicking here.
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