DR Congo political actors meet over presidential polls

Opposition and ruling party delegates taking part in the political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) announced on Wednesday night they had agreed to prioritize organization of presidential elections after voter registration operation.

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The problem of elections had pushed opposition members to momentarily suspend their participation in the ongoing political dialogue under the leadership of African Union facilitator Edem Kodjo.

“We shall prepare a new budget to fund the elections. To organize those elections will be a major challenge for the government. The state will finance the entire process. We shall stop the construction of roads and railway lines and redirect the funds towards the elections,” said Alexi Ntambwe Mwamba, DR Congo’s Justice Minister who is also a co-moderator for the ruling party in the dialogue.

Mwamba noted that DR Congo’s partners had made numerous promises but had not fulfilled them, and insisted that the government’s priority will henceforth be “funding of the entire electoral process.”

“Dialogue is not yet complete. We all came here to see how, together, we can take our people to peaceful elections,” added Vital Kamerhe, the opposition’s co-moderator.

The ruling party’s co-moderator equally revealed a possible government reshuffle to govern the country before the organization of elections.

“The ruling party is in agreement in principle that the government will have to be changed because it will be important for the ruling party and the opposition to jointly govern the country to build trust and ensure that no one blocks the electoral process,” Mwamba said, while also noting that President Joseph Kabila will continue ruling the country before the organization of elections. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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