Home | News    Thursday 6 April 2006

DR Congo: Candidates registered, election date undecided

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 5, 2006 (KINSHASA) — Some 73 presidential candidates have registered for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but the main opposition leader was not among them and the commission has not set a date for the elections.

"Before we can fix a new date for the elections, it is necessary to wait until the printing companies tell us how long it will take to produce the thousands of ballots," said the president of the independent electoral commission, Apollinaire Malumalu, at a press conference in Kinshasa, the capital, on Tuesday.

The elections had been scheduled for 18 June, but the commission said polling would take place later, because it had extended the candidate-registration period by 10 days. That period ended on Sunday, without long-time opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. He and his party, l’Union pour la democratie et le progres social (UDPS), said they were boycotting the elections because they had been excluded from the election commission and the organisation overseeing fair media coverage during the campaign, said party spokesman Jean-Baptiste Bomanza.

"We want to participate in elections that are fully transparent," he said. "There won’t be elections in the Congo without Etienne Tshisekedi and the UDPS, because the Congolese people who support us will not let this farce continue."

After the registration period closed, Tshisekedi said he and his party would participate in the election if the registration period were extended further. The electoral commission refused.

Another political party with the same name did register for the elections. It has agreed to use the name UDPS-Ngoyi Mukena, using the name of its party leader.

The commission said that a total of 8,650 candidates have registered to run in the legislative elections.

(IRIN)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


South Sudan needs citizens’ participation in politics 2019-09-14 18:11:41 By Biong Deng Biong On the 4th December 2012, Isaiah Abraham was tragically gunned down in cold blood outside his residence in the South Sudan capital, Juba. The gunman was apparently ‘unknown’. (...)

Has Thomas Cirilo realize the importance of the enemy of my enemy is my friend? 2019-09-09 13:29:06 By Clement Maring Samuel When I read a tripartite agreement signed by Gen. Thomas Cirilo; Gen. Pagan Amum Okiech; and Gen. Paul Malong Awan who represented their parties of SSNDA; R-SPLM, and (...)

President Kiir: The Nelson Mandela of South Sudan? 2019-09-09 12:44:31 By Biong Deng Biong There is no reservation that Nelson Mandela was a great leader, but how does President Kiir fair? More often, we focus on the negative performance of leaders while forgetting (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.