Election rules

DRC: What rules will be put in place ahead of the 2023 elections?

By Romain Gras

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Posted on March 24, 2022 10:18

As concerns rise over possible changes to the electoral timetable, the National Assembly must decide on the rules that will govern the next elections.

The countdown is on. On 15 March, the National Assembly opened its new parliamentary session, the main purpose of which is to vote on the future electoral law. This is of the utmost importance, given that Félix Tshisekedi’s term in office will end in less than two years and that the president of the Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (Ceni) has given several warnings about how difficult it is to respect the constitutional deadlines.

“There are also legal constraints and uncertainty regarding the major policy options that need to be addressed in the electoral reforms. If we opt for a second round in the presidential election, this would have an impact on the budget for operations. Even whether Congolese abroad have a vote or not […], all this would have an impact,” said Denis Kadima, while presenting his roadmap.

A second round?

Several proposals have been on the table for many

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