DRC’s elec­toral com­mis­sion re­quests vote de­lay

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide -

KIN­SHASA — Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo’s elec­toral com­mis­sion has filed an elec­tion post­pone­ment re­quest to the con­sti­tu­tional court, for­mally con­firm­ing that the Novem­ber 27 date for the pres­i­den­tial vote will be missed.

Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Corneille Nan­gaa said the com­mis­sion filed the re­quest on Satur­day be­cause voter lists will not be ready for the Septem­ber 20 start of the elec­tion pe­riod. The com­mis­sion did not pro­pose a new elec­tion date. Elec­tion of­fi­cials have said lists will not be ready un­til July 2017. Many fear un­rest over the un­cer­tainty.

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers have said a de­lay is meant to keep Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila in power af­ter his man­date ends in De­cem­ber.

DRC’s jus­tice min­is­ter has sug­gested that the rul­ing party and op­po­si­tion could share power in an in­terim gov­ern­ment, given the de­lays. — AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.