Kinshasa, December 26th, 2018 (CPA).– The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the holding of the elections from December 30th, 2018 to March 2019, in the electoral districts of Beni, Beni city and Butembo city, in the province of North Kivu and Yumbi, in the province of Mai-Ndombe, according to a decision of the INEC chairman, Corneille Nangaa, transmitted Wednesday to the CPA desk.
The elections for these constituencies will be subject to a specific timetable, the decision says. According to the electoral center, the postponement of the elections in the three constituencies of North Kivu is justified for reasons of the persistence of the epidemic of the Ebola virus disease which continues to rage dangerously in this part of the Republic as well as the threat terrorist who is there with recurrent criminal acts perpetrated by gangs and armed militias.
In Yumbi, specifies the source, the massive displacement of the populations, the destruction of all the materials and electoral documents, the looting of the warehouses and installations of the antenna of the CENI due to the inter-ethnic conflicts occurred in the night of December 14th to 15th 2018 in this territory are at the reasons of this posponment. Under this decision on the reorganization of the electoral calendar, the provisional results of the presidential election of December 30, 2018 will be announced on January 6th, 2019.
The collection, compilation and centralization of the results of the presidential vote will take place from December 31, 2018 to January 5, 2019, while those of the national and provincial legislatures from December 31, 2018 to January 22, 2019. The redeveloped calendar sets the period for appeal and litigation handling of the results of the presidential election from 7 to 15 January 2019, while the publication of the final results of the presidential election is scheduled for 15 January 2019. The swearing in of the elected President of the Republic will take place on January 18th, 2019.