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Botswana Urges Joseph Kabila to Step Down

VOA News - February 26, 2018

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila (L) walks alongside South Africa President Jacob Zuma (C), and Mozambique President Armando Guebuza during a lunch break at the SADC summit in Maputo on June 15, 2013The southern African nation of Botswana has taken the unusual step of directly criticizing Congolese President Joseph Kabila, saying his refusal to hold long overdue elections is driving deadly violence and a growing humanitarian emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
No elections in DR Congo in December without electronic voting machines: INEC

Radio Okapi/AFP - February 13, 2018

Corneille NangaaThe president of DR Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced on Tuesday that without the use of contested voting machines, it will not be possible to organize the presidential election as planned on December 23 to choose the successor of President Joseph Kabila.
US Warns DR Congo Against Electronic Voting for Delayed Election

VOA News/Reuters - February 12, 2018

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyThe United States warned the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday against using an electronic voting system for a long-delayed presidential election in December this year because it has the potential to undermine the credibility of the poll.
Presidential election scheduled for December 23, 2018

Radio Okapi - November 5, 2017

Corneille Nangaa YobeluaThe president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Corneille Nangaa, announced on Sunday that the presidential, legislative and provincial elections have been set for December 23, 2018. The provisional results of the presidential election will be announced on December 30, 2018. The final results will be proclaimed on January 9, 2019.
Felix Tshisekedi accuses INEC of illegally prolonging Kabila's mandate

Radio Okapi - October 24, 2017

Felix TshisekediThe president of The Rally of the Opposition, Felix Thisekedi, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working for the Presidential Majority to “illegally prolong the mandate of the head of state” during a news conference on Monday in Lubumbashi.
DRC Seeks Arrest of Presidential Candidate Moise Katumbi

VOA News - May 19, 2016

Moise Katumbi, TP Mazambe presidentThe Democratic Republic of Congo's government has issued an arrest warrant for Moise Katumbi, an opposition leader planning a possible election challenge to President Joseph Kabila. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Thursday that the arrest warrant was issued after Katumbi was indicted on a charge of hiring mercenaries.
Political tensions 'running high' in DR Congo ahead of 2016 elections

UN News Centre - October 7, 2015

Election day in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 28 November 2011. Photo: MONUSCOThe top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the UN Security Council today that he cannot say with certainty whether the progress attained in the country is sustainable, or whether violence will erupt again and reverse what has been achieved so far.
Rights Groups: DR Congo Must Free Pro-democracy Activists

Anne Look/VOA News - April 13, 2015

President Joseph Kabila votes on Monday, November 28, 2011West African civil society and human rights groups said the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has kept at least eight pro-democracy activists in secret detention for almost a month. The groups told reporters in Dakar Monday that the Congolese activists must either be formally charged before a judge or immediately released.
Electoral commission sets DR Congo presidential election date

Radio Okapi - February 12, 2015

Voting takes place in Kinshasa on 11.28.2011The Independent National Electoral Commission announced on Thursday that presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in DR Congo on November 27, 2016. The announcement of the provisional results of the presidential election will take place on December 7, 2016. The final results will be announced on December 17, 2016. The new elected head of state will be sworn in on December 20, 2016.
Police Open Fire on Crowd Protesting Election Law Change

VOA News - January 19, 2015

Protesters burn tires in KinshasaAt least one person was injured when security forces fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital on Monday as opposition parties tried to block a change in the law that may delay elections due in 2016.







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