AFRICA/DR CONGO - Bishops are committed to promoting dialogue in view of the 2016 election deadline

Monday, 4 January 2016 elections   bishops  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo are committed to fostering dialogue among political parties and civil society in view of the 2016 election deadline. This was stated by Don Léonard Santedi, Secretary General of CENCO (National Episcopal Conference of Congo) at the end of the meeting between a delegation of Congolese Bishops and representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), held on 29 December in Kinshasa.
"The Bishops, as pastors, have begun meetings with political actors and civil society to see what needs to be done to improve the situation regarding dialogue", said Don Santedi. The President of INEC Corneille Nangaa Yobeluo has completed the evaluation of the electoral process and that the publication of the electoral calendar is still conditioned by the approval of the Parliament. "The electoral calendar must also be consensual and realistic", said the President of INEC.
"INEC has assured us that it will do everything from a technical point of view but not everything depends on it", said Don Santedi. "Because there are things that depend on the government, the Parliament where laws must be passed, policy makers and INEC showed us where we must commit themselves" to be able to vote. Presidential and parliamentary elections are among the most important election deadlines. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 04/01/2016)