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11 Sep 2018 | 12:08 PM UTC

DRC: Further opposition protests expected from September 19

DR Congo News Alert

National Electoral Commission (CENI) expected to release definitive list of candidates September 19 for December 23 elections; protests anticipated as several key candidates excluded

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/11/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/21/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION DRC

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Event

Further opposition protests can be expected from September 19, when the National Electoral Commission (CENI) is expected to release the definitive list of candidates in the upcoming December 23 presidential and legislative elections. Protests are likely as several key candidates will be excluded from the lists. Separately, supporters of non-running opposition leader Moïse Katumbi are planning to march on September 19 in the capital Kinshasa. The demonstration is set to begin at Marché de la Liberté and end at the CENI headquarters, located in the upscale district of La Gombe. Related protests are also likely in Lubumbashi, capital of Haut-Katanga, Katumbi's native province. Clashes between protesters and the security forces on protest days can be expected.

Context

Opposition supporters and civil society activists have been accusing the government of excluding key opposition candidates, such as Katumbi, who was prevented from entering the DRC to register as a candidate, and Jean-Pierre Bemba, the runner-up to current President Joseph Kabila in the 2006 election. He was arrested in Brussels in May 2008 after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Though these charges have since been dropped, Bemba still faces charges of witness tampering. Furthermore, inconsistencies remain in the electoral register, including 6 million registered voters without digital fingerprints, casting doubts on the reliability of the register for transparent elections.

Advice

Travelers in the DRC should carefully monitor developments related to the upcoming elections and avoid all gatherings due to the risk of unrest. On days of protests, plan routes circumventing demonstrations.

 

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