Civil society actors in a workshop to develop the « SOS Agenda let’s save the 2023 elections »

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Kinshasa, June 01th, 2022 (CPA), -The platform « Acting for Transparent and Peaceful Elections (AETA) » has been organizing since Thursday in Kinshasa, a two-day workshop on the inventory of the roadmap for the ongoing electoral process in the DRC, as elaborated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The permanent secretary of this platform, Jérôme Bonso indicated at the opening session that this activity will bring together around twenty civil society organizations whose main mission will be to draw up a document called the « Agenda SOS let’s save elections 2023″. It is a question, underlined this actor of the civil society, to raise practical operations having to allow the country to catch up the delay accumulated in the implementation of the roadmap of the electoral center. “The big question is whether we will be able to deliver on 2023. At this time, we see that time is no longer on our side when it comes to the roadmap It was planned that we could do the identification and registration of voters in March and that we could validate the mapping in May. We are in June, we are still in the process. recruitment and training of data collection officers. The voter identification and registration operation is already more than 8 months behind schedule. How are we going to get out of this? » , he wondered.

For Jérôme Bonso, saving the current electoral process requires the government to exercise strong options. He recommends, among other things, increasing the budget of the electoral center to enable it to quickly acquire equipment and simultaneously launch operations in the 26 provinces of the country. This workshop started with the communication of the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Observatory of Public Expenditure (ODEP), Professor Florimond Muteba who worked on the « Electoral process in the face of budgetary constraints ». He insisted on the need to put in place a rigorous mechanism to control the execution of the CENI budget. As a national deputy and former leader of the INEC, Jacques Ndjoli spoke to the audience on the theme: « Electoral process in the face of technical-administrative and security constraints ». He argued for the need to uphold the principles in order to give the country good elections in 2023.