Advocacy of NGOs for the convening of an extraordinary session to examine the electoral law

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Kinshasa, December 9th, 2021 (CPA) – NGOs operating in the civic and electoral education sector have just pleaded with the Head of State and the presidents of two chambers of parliament for the convening of an extraordinary session intended to essentially examine the electoral law, through a document of which CPA obtained a copy on Wednesday.

For the Synergy of Citizen Election Observation Missions (SYMOCEL), a member of these NGO, it is more than necessary to convene this extraordinary session in order to examine the electoral law to endow the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) with an updated legal framework. Although primarily budgetary, this session had planned, in its calendar, to examine the electoral law and the establishment of the independent national electoral commission (CENI).

And to specify, although being primarily budgetary, this session had planned, in its calendar, to examine the electoral law and the establishment of CENI. If the latter has been put in place, the electoral law, it, until then is still not examined a few days of the end of the session.

On this subject, the coordinator of Symocel, Patrick Ntambwe, declared: “We can no longer claim that in 7 days remaining for the closing of this session, we can hope to see the electoral law be dealt with. But also, the examination of the budget took a lot of time because the question is not negligible either, the whole nation depends on these instruments there to be able to function properly but also taking into account the timing which remains in the organization elections where for the organization of the elections as well as the importance of the electoral law to allow CENI and the various partners of the electoral process to be able to go to good elections”.

CENCO had already demanded the reforms

As a reminder, as part of the reforms for the next elections, after the reform of the organic law on CENI and the installation of its office, the political class has now turned to the reform of the electoral law. In a memo addressed to the Head of State, the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) demanded that the reform of this capital law for the elections be consensual.

It should be noted that in accordance with article 115 of the constitution, the parliamentary session in September will end on December 15. Although being primarily budgetary, this session had planned, in its calendar, to examine the electoral law and the establishment of CENI.

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