Congo DR Inscribes CENI Leadership

The National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently endorsed by consensus the leadership appointments of Corneille Nangaa to the post of President, Norbert Basengezi Katintima to the post of Vice President, and Pierrette Mwenze Kisonga as Quaestor (head of finances) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), respectively.

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Mr. Nangaa assumes this role with decades of technical expertise and experience in facilitating free and fair elections across the continent, derived from his eleven years of working for international organizations focused on democracy and elections.

DRCMost recently, he served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the CENI, where he has worked since 2005. He also served as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) Chief of Party in Cote D’Ivoire, where he provided technical assistance to the Ivorian electoral management body and coordinated communications between international and domestic donors and key stakeholders within the government and civil society.

Prior to that, he served as a research and training consultant to International IDEA and the European Union to facilitate electoral processes in the DRC, Senegal, Ghana, Niger, Burundi, Gabon, Kenya and Cameroon. As an internationally accredited BRIDGE Expert Facilitator and ACE Project Coordinator in Central Africa, he works to promote internationally accepted principles of democracy and good electoral practice.

Regarding these appointments, Minister of Media and Communication Lambert Mende said, “Mr. Nangaa is a dedicated public servant and person of integrity who has all of the qualifications to lead the CENI forward with skill, determination, and independence. Mr. Nangaa’s appointment approved by the National Assembly underscores the DRC’s steadfast commitment to enabling the Congolese people to participate in free, fair and transparent elections at all levels of government.”

The DRC government also applauded the public service of Abbot Appolinaire Malumalu, the former President of the CENI, who recently submitted his resignation due to health-related reasons.

Minister Mende added, “As we further strengthen our democratic traditions, Abbot Malumalu will always be seen as one of its early champions. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best in his future endeavors.”

First selected to serve on the CENI in 2006, Abbot Malumalu was instrumental in leading the organization during the DRC’s first post-conflict presidential election that same year. He also led efforts to prepare the nation for subsequent elections in 2011, the year he stepped down from the position. Asked to chair the CENI again in 2013, Abbot Malumalu again served with distinction despite health issues during the last few months.

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