President of the Democratic Republic of
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila looks on at the opening ceremony of the 31st Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit on August 17, 2011 in Luanda. The two-day summit of the 15-nation Southern Africa comes on the heels of recent crack-downs on anti-government protests in Malawi and Swaziland, which join crises in Zimbabwe and Madagascar on the list of regional leaders' headaches. Southern African leaders opened the summit today, but were largely silent on growing unrest in the region. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Kabila was speaking on Tuesday during the inauguration of a road constructed by Chinese firm, SINOHYDRO, in Butembo town, North Kivu province in the east of the country.

“Ninety percent of Butembo youth population do not have voters’ cards, yet I would love to see most of you get registered as voters. You need to register so that we can renew our political class. There are people who have been in politics since 1960, that is 56 years ago,” Kabila told the crowd that had gathered.

“Soon we shall start the registration process, it is very important for our democracy, it is not yet campaign time but we shall come back and talk more,” he said.

Speaking last week while on a visit to Uganda, Kabila said DR Congo’s presidential elections will only be held after the operation to register voters which began on July 31, 2016.

On Monday, the head of the National Independent Electoral Commission Corneille Nangaa said the voter registration operation will take at least 16 months.

According to DR Congo’s Constitution, Kabila’s second and final five-year term will end on Dec. 19 and the opposition has been pushing for the holding of presidential elections within constitutional time-lines. Enditem

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