KINSHASA: ELECTION TO REPLACE KABILA TO WAIT TILL APRIL 2019

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President Kabila casting a ballot at a previous polls

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Electoral Commission has once again postponed polls to replace the incumbent President Joseph Kabila to April 2019. The polls were due last November but were rescheduled.

The Commission claims problems with voters register in conflict areas is the cause of the delay. But President Kabila insists he lacks the needed money to organize his replacement polls.

He indicated that he has no intention to cling to power until the country’s constitution is amended to make that possible. An indication that he may be nursing the desire to steer an alteration of the constitution to enable him run in the next polls, despite serving the allowed limit.

But the opposition described the announcement as an ‘election-killing agenda’. It said the population will take matters into its own hands. It finds the over two and half years delay in the polls to replace the incumbent unacceptable.

Much of the Democratic Republic Congo is yet to recover from the ravages of the conflict that tore the nation apart.

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