Catholics called for local and municipal elections in DRC

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The Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa on Thursday (May 16th) urged the government to fund the organization of municipal and local elections throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

During a press briefing Thursday, May 16 at the Archbishop, President of the structure of the Church, Celestine Ohoto, invited the President of the Republic, Felix Tshisekedi to ” recommend  the government to urgently all the necessary means at the disposal of the CENI (ndrl, National Independent Electoral Commission) for the holding of these elections . “

This structure, which brings together the Catholic Christians of Kinshasa, requires the holding of these elections, in accordance with the law, the electoral calendar and the requirements of decentralization contained in the country’s constitution.

Catholic Christians are convinced that we can not talk about decentralization in the DRC if local authorities continue to be the products of the appointment by other authorities, since the beginning of the process of democratization of the country from 2006.

” The decentralization coupled with the awakening of the conscience of the population will impel the development of our decentralized territorial entities and, by this fact, even of the whole country, thus putting an end to the calamitous management of the Republic by evil sons of the DRC, “said Ohoto.

However, the diocesan Justice and Peace Commission believes that the organization of these elections will make it possible to elect democratically the members who will be able to develop the territorial entities of the country. A memorandum was tabled last Wednesday 15 to the President of the Republic to ask the head of state to weigh with all its weight, as guarantor of the nation, for the effectiveness of the rule of law in the electoral sector throughout his term.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) is expected to convene the electorate for the elections of councilors of municipalities and sectors or chiefdoms since March 18, according to the electoral calendar. The Director of Outreach at the CENI said in the local press that a new calendar could be published. The current office of the CENI, supposed to organize these polls, is end mandate and prepares its final report.

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