Presidential election in Democratic Republic of Congo cannot be possible before April 2019 if believed to the nation’s electoral commission even though originally it was scheduled for November 2016 to replace President Joseph Kabila.
The end of 2016 saw immense protests against Kabila’s refusal to step down after the completion of his term and dozens of people lost their lives too.
Following a meeting with civil society representatives yesterday the country’s electoral commission said would need at least 504 days to organize the presidential election in Congo once voter registration is completed.
Meanwhile, the enrolment in several parts of insurrection-ravaged Kasai region started mid of last month and the commission says it may take about three months to complete.
Later this month the electoral commission may release elections calendar.
Kabila became president in 2001 following the assassination of his father Laurent Kabila and he says the election delays are due to difficulties in enrolling voters as well as mobilizing the required funds.
Millions of people have died in Congo between 1996 and 2003 due to regional conflicts and mostly from disease and hunger.
Since August 2016 about 5,000 people have been killed in an insurrection in Kasai and another 1.4 million have been displaced.