Call for cred­i­ble DRC elec­tions

UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil said suc­cess­ful polls are key to peace in the coun­try and the wider Great Lakes re­gion

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per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the DRC to the UN, said the coun­try is un­doubt­edly “the nerve cen­tre” of the Great Lakes re­gion, adding that the task at hand is to help that coun­try re­gain sta­bil­ity so that it could be­come a cat­a­lyst for last­ing peace in the wider re­gion.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must mo­bilise around re­gional ef­forts with strength­ened co­or­di­na­tion and co-oper­a­tion, he added.

In the en­su­ing de­bate, which fol­lowed the Coun­cil’s re­newal on March 27 of the man­date of the United Na­tions Or­gan­i­sa­tion Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Mis­sion in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo, sev­eral speak­ers drew a link be­tween the forth­com­ing elec­tions and im­prov­ing the lives of mil­lions in the re­gion.

Chal­lenges

Other chal­lenges in­clude hu­man rights abuses, the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in eastern DRC, and the flow of refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons.

French per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN, Fran­cois De­lat­tre, said re­gional sta­bil­ity de­pended on the out­come of the elec­tions and a peace­ful han­dover of power.

Re­spect for hu­man rights and the elec­toral cal­en­dar is key, he added, as well as con­fronting armed groups and the il­licit traf­fick­ing in nat­u­ral re­sources.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bri­tain, Rus­sia, China, Cote d’ivoire, Kaza­khstan, Swe­den, Kuwait, Nether­lands, Bo­livia, Poland and Peru also ex­pressed their views at the brief­ing.

Pic­ture: AFP

A new vot­ing ma­chine to be used in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo’s elec­tions set for De­cem­ber.

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