The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), announced Friday in Kinshasa, that it was impossible to organize elections this year, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).“It is impossible to organize the elections in 2017,” the President of the election supervising body, Corneille Nangaa said during a meeting with a delegation of the International Organization of the
However, he promised to assess the situation with the Government and the National Follow-up Council of the Political Agreement (CNSA), before making any “extension decision.”
The political agreement signed on December 31, 2016 between the Government and the Opposition, under the mediation of the country’s Catholic bishops stipulated that the national and provincial
presidential and legislative elections should be organized “before the end of 2017.”
But the President of CENI had already indicated, during the negotiations of this political agreement that the timetable proposed during these discussions was a “political calendar, not a technical one.”
In addition, Corneille Nangaa announced the same day on his Twitter account the start of the operation of enlisting voters in the provinces of Kasai and Central Kasai for Thursday, July 20.
He said he proffered this date following the improvement of the security situation in this part of the country, which was bedeviled by insecurity, due to recurrent clashes between security forces and
militiamen from the Kamuina Nsapu movement.