INEC: reopening of offices for receiving applications in the provinces concerned by the election of governors and vice-governors

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Kinshasa, February 7th, 2022 (CPA).. – The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the reopening of the offices for the reception and processing of applications (BRTC) in its representations in the provinces concerned by the election of governors and vice-governors, in a press release signed by the rapporteur, Ms. Patricia Seya Mulela and reached the CPA on Saturday. The previously submitted candidacies being valid, the INEC, notes the press release, invites political parties and groups as well as independent candidates who so wish, to submit their candidacy files by complying with the sequence of operational activities.

Indeed, from February 7th to March 30th, 2022: accreditation of witnesses, observers and journalists to the provincial executive secretariat (PES) in the provinces concerned; from February 13th to 23rd, 2022: continuation of the submission of applications to the provincial representation; from February 24th to 28th, 2022: withdrawal, addition or substitution of applications. From March 1st to 2nd, 2022: transmission of the physical files of the candidates to the INEC office and deliberation in plenary, March 3: publication of the list of admissible and inadmissible candidacies; from March 5th 2022: filing of appeals challenging the lists before the courts of appeal of the provinces concerned; March 22nd, 2022: publication of the final list of candidates by province.

The electoral campaign is scheduled for April 3rd, to 5th, 2022 and the vote of the governors and vice-governors by the provincial deputies is fixed for April 6th, 2022 followed by the posting of the results at the polling stations and the announcement of the provisional results by the INEC office. The filing of appeals contesting the results before the courts of appeal is scheduled for April 8th, while from April 16th to 22nd, it is the processing of disputes over the results by the courts of appeal. April 23rd, 2022: publication of the final results; from April 23rd to 25th: notification of the judgments of the courts of appeal to the central electoral office; April 28th, 2022: transmission of the physical files of the elected candidates to the President of the Republic for investiture.

The INEC informs the candidates for governors and vice-governors that the electoral campaign scheduled for April 3 to 5, 2022 must take place within the provincial assemblies of the 17 provinces concerned and with the provincial deputies, it is specified. The source also indicates that the election of governors and vice-governors will take place in the provinces of Bas-Uele, Haut-Lomami, Kasaï central, Kasaï oriental, Kongo central, Lomami, Mai-Ndombe, Maniema, Mongala, Tanganyika and Tshopo while for the city of Kinshasa and the province of Kwango, only the partial election of vice-governors will be organized there. CPA/