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Spontaneous violent protests pose greater risk than opposition-organised demonstrations against DRC election delays to 2019

13 October 2017


The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) electoral commission (Commission Électorale Nationale Indépendante: CENI) on 10 October announced that elections originally scheduled for November 2016 could not be organised before April 2019.

CENI stated that it would need at least 504 days to organise the elections after the completion of voter registration, which the commission expects to take another three months. President Joseph Kabila is likely seeking to delay the elections until he can revise the constitution to remove term limits, allowing him to stand for re-election. The ruling Presidential Majority (Majorité Présidentielle: MP) party and the opposition Rally (Rassemblement) coalition committed to holding the elections during 2017 in their 31 December 2016 accord, but it was not signed by Kabila.

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