In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, partial presidential, legislative, local and municipal elections began on 20 December 2023 and continued on 21 December, due to delays or closure of polling stations. This is the situation to which several election observation missions returned this Thursday. details.
From our special correspondent in Kinshasa,
the General elections Continuing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) After the date of December 20, 2023: Some polling stations, which closed their doors on Wednesday, opened their doors after 24 hours, while others finished counting operations that began before Thursday.
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In Kinshasa, several election monitoring missions revealed their initial report, on December 21, on this vote used to appoint the country’s president, national and regional representatives, as well as members of municipal councils.
The mission of the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (Cenco) and the Church of Christ in the Congo (ECC) prefers, at this stage, to limit themselves to presenting several figures. For example, the percentage (16) of polling stations that were to be installed in places – military academies/schools, places of worship, headquarters of political parties or groups – was not stipulated in the electoral law. The Cenco-ECC mission also noted that in approximately 65% of the cases observed, the first voter in each office voted at 6 a.m., the designated time for the start of operations.
The first trends revealed on December 22?
On the other hand, for the Cooperation of Election Observation Missions of Citizens (Symocel), another organization, more than half of the polling stations (BV) opened their doors late (between 1 a.m. and 11 a.m. after the appointed time), Wednesday. Simosil also confirms, according to its estimates, that 57% of offices respected voting procedures. Finally, she confirms that her Observers were victims of aggression, denied access, and exclusion from counting processes at polling stations “.
Voting is supposed to end on Thursday. For the National Youth Council (CNJ), which claims to have deployed 45,000 observers for the occasion, a vote on Friday 22 December seems unlikely. ” Indeed, we are outside the lawCNJ estimated during a press conference. Yesterday we recommended Céni [Commission électorale nationale indépendante, NDLR] Providing responsible care for Congolese citizens who wish to fulfill their civic duties. […] We believe that this comprehensive support for citizens, some of whom are still present in front of the polling stations, will indeed be guaranteed by Céni. “.
A Céni, for its part, claims to be able to give the first directions on these elections as of next Friday, despite the accumulated delay. His second deputy, Dede Manara Linga, said in an interview with Top Congo: This will be the first time in this country that the Independent National Electoral Commission publishes election results two days after voting. »
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