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Freedom and transparency

· ​The bishops’ contribution in the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ·

An acceleration of the electoral process so that the next parliamentary and local elections will be free and transparent, and the results accepted by all: this was urged by the Bishops’ Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose delegation recently participated in a meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), led by its President, Corneille Nangaa.

“We are making small steps forward and they ought to be made by others on both sides, with the hope that dialogue will resolve the misunderstandings”, said Fr Léonard Santedi Kinkupu, the Secretary General of the Episcopate, in an interview with Vatican Radio. Kinkrupu said that it is possible to prioritize the best interests of the nation, and to join together to do everything possible to avoid chaos.

In this respect, the bishops are available to offer their contribution. The president of the INEC announced that, by the end of the week, a timetable of the updated electoral Registry will be announced, a process which started on 31 July in the North-Ubangi district, and which will require 16 months time. Nangaa also acknowledged that the Church’s contribution at this stage will take place on two levels: mobilizing citizens to get them to register on the electoral lists, and raising awareness among institutions and the international community of the problems that still remain to be faced.

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Jan. 19, 2017

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