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US EXPRESS CONCERN ON ‘UNDEMOCRATIC’ MANEUVERS AHEAD OF DRC ELECTION

United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has expressed concern on the disqualification and blocking of opposition candidates to participate in the December 23 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Harley has also questioned the government of the DRC on the decision to reject financial and material support in the holding of a free and credible election.

Six opposition candidates including former vice-president Jean Pierre Bemba have been disqualified from the election while popular candidate Moise Katumbi was blocked from entering the country to file his nomination.

Harley says the problems surrounding the elections in Congo were fixable urging the government of President Joseph Kabila to ensure the holding of a credible election.

“There must be space for them to speak and compete freely. There is still time to resolve such issues. These problems are fixable,” she reiterated.

Harley also expressed doubt on the disputed electronic voting machines which she notes were not ready for use.

“The use of paper ballots should also be permitted as a ‘tried and tested’ method that would provide a fail‑safe to voters,” she said

Harley says it is not an insult for the DRC to receive outside assistance because the practice was standard globally.

“It does not insult the [Democratic Republic of the Congo]’s sovereignty for the [Independent National Electoral Commission] to access support from MONUSCO,” she said.

Harley was delighted with the decision by President Kabila not to seek re-election as instructed by the country’s constitution insisting; however, that this decision should reflect into a democratic transfer of power.

“History will look favourably on President Kabila’s decision, if it translates to free and credible elections,” she emphasized.

Harley further expressed concern with the preparations of the election in one of the most richest natural resource countries. The Congo; however, remains the poorest in the world.

It’s hoped that the election if credible, inclusive and democratic will give the central African nation a new lease of life.

With four months before the delayed polls, Harley states, “we are in fact running out of time”.

President Kabila has delayed the election for two years extending his stay in office to 17 years but attempts by his supporters and government functionaries to allow a third term were thwarted by a vigilant opposition and the international community.

The ruling coalition has since selected Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary to run as president in the fourth coming election. There are 19 other candidates in the race but the most prominent and popular Katumbi and Bemba combination has been blocked and disqualified respectively.

8 Comments

  1. Truth man

    I feel sorry for the Congo. A rich country with so much wealth.,but alas the people are suffering,misplaced by conflicts year in year out.Why is this big country failing to look after itself? As far as I can remember under Mobutu sese Seko the country was not so stable,government was run like a private company by the President.He even built himself a personal city called gbadolite with mansions for his personal use!Today the city is a desolate place. The political history of the Congo is a shame for Africa. Surely can’t something not be done by the new crop of African leaders to help this country.The coming elections are not going to be very credible from the look of things. I can see trouble coming and the neighbouring countries shall bear most of the brunt when the’ fire’starts burning!

  2. yared

    African leader are to blame for war in congo.they on supporting each even when know that some of their colleagues are dictors.i wish this continent can hav leader who could condem replosive leaders like kegame, kabila, the musavens etc
    Shift_L

  3. Bluno marss the moonshine jungle

    Help them please

  4. Wongani

    Congo has a weak electral system 2 favour the ruly party bcoz govt is blocking and banning opposition party leaders. Congo oneday wil b free frm crimals who hav take advantage of congo’s people bcoz of war but time is come 4 peace in rich material country. Pipo are killed 2 maintain long stay in power

  5. Adonai

    All the best congo

  6. Kabila

    I used a trigger and spilled blood to ascend to power . If you wanna replace me , do it to me at your own risk .

  7. tiyeni nayo

    Shit hole leadership on a cursed and forsaken continent.Slavery and colonialism can be blamed on foreigners but what is happening now is shit hole mentality .

  8. Leonard

    Very primitive leader, the world is changing, climate changing, economic changing but some people never dare to change. Primitiveness minded.

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