Hopes fading of a credible Congolese elections

DRC fatal landslidefrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – PROSPECTS of a peaceful and credible poll, set for December, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are in doubt amid increasing human rights violations.

The latest infringement is the jailing of four members of the Filimbi citizen movement to one year in prison, after several months of illegal detention.

Filimbi is a pro-democracy and civil society movement advocating against poor governance and human rights abuses, and demands respect for the constitution of the DRC.

Several media that broadcast information not in line with the official speech are still closed and the internet regularly blocked.

The repression is contrary to the sigh of relief after the announcement in August of the non-candidacy of incumbent Joseph Kabila in the presidential election.

In the same month, the United Nations (UN) recorded a doubling of human rights violations committed by state agents.

Previous attempts by Kabila to maintain power after the expiry of his term in 2016 had triggered a serious political and security crisis.

“The crisis threatens to increase as the elections approach,” some human rights groups jointly stated.

The League of Electors and International Federation for Human Rights expressed concern at the crisis ahead of polls set for December 23.

They raised doubt of a free, inclusive and credible electoral process as several representatives of the opposition remain imprisoned and others have been banned from applying.

Doubts continue on the transparency of the voting and counting system as well as the reliability of the electoral roll.
– CAJ News

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