DRC: Local NGO want fresh Presidential elections

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  • By Josephine Lukoya& John Barigye

The Voice of the Voiceless (VSV) has proposed, Sunday, Jan. 8, the holding of new fresh presidential and parliamentary elections “supervised by new impartial facilitators of CENI and under the eye of national and international observers.” It was during the official presentation of its final report on the observation of the elections of 28 November.

For this NGO, the results of these elections should be certified by the international community.

The deputy executive director of VSV, Rostand Manketa, also calls for dialogue between Joseph Kabila and Etienne Tshisekedi for consensual management of the country.

“There is a real crisis of legitimacy of power in the DRC because of gross irregularities observed in the elections of 28 November. For there to be peace will require political actors, especially Joseph Kabila and Etienne Tshisekedi could encourage dialogue for a consensual management of the public within a reasonable time before the organization of credible elections “said Manketa Rostand.

The VSV justified their initiative by the fear of the Congolese people lose confidence in democracy and possible conflict.

Etienne Tshisekedi who came in as the second with 32.33% in the presidential election, has never recognized the re-election of Joseph Kabila (48.95%).

Regarding himself as the elected president, Tshisekedi was “sworn” in his home Limete Friday, December 23. His party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) had rejected the decision of the CSJ, and stated that “the DRC has entered a political crisis.”

Other opposition parties have, on this occasion, called for the mediation of the international community, including the African Union.

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