Commission seeks over 16 months to organise Congo presidential poll

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Kinshasa  –  Mr Corneille Nangaa, Head the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said the commission required more than 16 months to organise the country’s election.

Nangaa said this on Friday in Kinshasa while speaking during the publication an observation report on the gubernatorial elections by the Episcopal Commission for and Peace.

“We must start with registering new voters, an operation that is likely to take more than 16 months.

“In 2006 and 2011, this operation took 16 months, but since in 2016 we plan to register Congolese nationals in the diaspora, the operation could take longer than 16 months.

“We made a request to the UN and got a response the Security Council Resolution No. 2277 which required the DR Congo government to organise elections within the constitutional timeline,” he said.

The second term President Joseph Kabila will expire on Dec. 19, 2016.

However, CENI had said that did not have necessary resources to organize election, which would cost over 1 billion dollars.

Elsewhere, the Budget Minister, Michel Bongongo, had said that the government would disburse 30 million dollars to CENI at the end April to facilitate its operations.

“Regardless the difficulties we are facing, the government is determined to ensure CENI has the necessary means to organize these elections,” the minister said. (Xinhua/NAN)