The Guarantors of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region have reaffirmed their commitment to supporting a democratic and peaceful transition in the DRC.
The guarantors, namely the African Union, the United Nations, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), met on Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review elections preparations and discuss regional and international support to the electoral process in the country.
They welcomed the publication of the electoral calendar for the holding of presidential, legislative and provincial elections on Dec. 23, 2018, urging all stakeholders to create the necessary conditions to ensure the holding of timely, peaceful and credible elections.
The guarantors called on the DRC government to provide the necessary and timely financial and logistical resources to allow for the implementation of the electoral calendar; ensure the required political space throughout the country, including freedom of peaceful assembly and equitable access to state media; and fully and effectively implement the confidence-building measures as stipulated in the Dec. 31, 2016, agreement.
The meeting has encouraged the government of the DRC to continue to exert every effort, with the support of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), to neutralize all the negative forces operating in eastern DRC, as well as to ensure security throughout the country to create a conducive environment for the holding of elections.
They called on the international community to provide support to the electoral process in the DRC. Enditem