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U.N. Security Council Urges peaceful resolution of electoral disputes in DRC

UNITED NATIONS –The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday urged the concerned parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to resolve their electoral disputes through legal channels.

In a press statement, the U.N. Security Council’s members observed that disputes had been noted before the Constitutional Court. 

“They encouraged all concerned stakeholders to preserve the generally peaceful climate of the elections, and to take up any reservations or disputes through the proper mechanisms and processes provided for in the constitution of the DRC and its electoral law,” the statement read.

The council members called on all parties to refrain from violence and stressed the need for them to act in a way that reaffirms the integrity of the electoral process and respects the outcome of the poll, upholds democracy and preserve peace in the country.

The release added that the council members also appealed for the pursuit of national unity and peacebuilding, including through political dialogue among all stakeholders.

The Council reiterated its full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DRC and their continued support and commitment for the consolidation of peace, stability, and development in the DRC.

Permanent Members of the U.N. Security Council

Presidential elections in the DRC had been long overdue. A political agreement on December 31, 2016, allowed President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, to stay on after his term of office had expired, on the condition that elections would be held in 2017. But elections were delayed on the grounds of logistics, triggering unrest.

After much international pressure, the country’s electoral commission in November 2017 published an electoral calendar for the combined presidential, legislative and provincial elections for December 23, 2018.  Additional delays caused the polls to be held on December 30, 2018.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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