Congo polls must be delayed 2-4 years after national census – ruling coalition spokesman /Reuteurs
Congo polls must be delayed 2-4 years – ruling coalition spokesman
Andre Alain Atundu, spokesman for the coalition led by President Joseph Kabila, said a national census and voter rolls revision must first be carried out to ensure the credibility of the polls. Kabila’s final term in office expires in late 2016.
Kabila’s critics accuse him of trying to cling to power beyond the end of his mandate. In several African countries, including neighbouring Congo Republic and Rwanda, politicians are amending term limits to let long-serving presidents remain in office.
If successful, the election scheduled for November 2016 would mark the Central African nation’s first peaceful transition of power.