Congo Postpones Presidential Election

By Ikenga Chronicles December 21, 2018

Congo Postpones Presidential Election

Democratic Republic of Congo’s election board has postponed the nation’s presidential election which was initially  scheduled for Sunday, by one week until Dec. 30 after a fire destroyed voting materials.

The poll is meant to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila who is stepping down after 18 years in what would be Congo’s first democratic transition.

The electoral commission (CENI) said it was unable to provide sufficient ballot papers for Kinshasa after a warehouse blaze last week destroyed much of the capital’s election material.

“We cannot organise general elections without the province of Kinshasa, and without the Kinois voters – who represent 10 percent of the electoral body,” CENI president Corneille Nangaa told newsmen.

“The presidential, legislative and provincial ballots will take place on Dec. 30 2018.”

Earlier on Thursday, opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, one of the frontrunners, told Reuters it would be unacceptable for the election to be pushed back.

“The CENI president said there will be an election, rain or shine, on the 23rd of December,” Fayulu said.

“We cannot accept a change of Mr. Nangaa’s position today.”