Regional blocs meet over DRC forthcoming elections

SADC, ICGLR delegation meet Kabila over DRC poll violence. (AGENCIES PHOTO)

BRAZZAVILLE- The heads of state of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Wednesday, December 26 met in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, to talk about DRC upcoming general elections.

According to the Angolan presidency, the meeting was organised by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who is chairing ICGLR.

The joint regional summit comes in the wake of the delayed DR Congo General Election that was earlier scheduled to take place on December 23.

The DR Congo national poll agency, Ceni, ordered a week-long postponement to December 30 after the fire which cause is still unknown gutted electoral materials few days to the Election Day.

Voting machines

The expansive country has been on the edge over the election many hoped would defuse the two-year-old crisis surrounding the future of President Joseph Kabila.

Ceni blamed a warehouse fire for destroying voting machines and ballot papers earmarked for Kinshasa.

The SADC bloc includes Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

ICGLR members include Angola, DRC and the Republic of Congo.

Other members are Burundi, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.





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