Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - "The National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO) has already accredited 38,805 election observers and it is hoped that by tomorrow the remaining 2,221 will also be accredited", said Fr. Donatien Nshole, Secretary General of CENCO, in a press conference on Decembre 18, in which he illustrated the commitment of the Catholic Church for the proper conduct of the presidential, legislative and local elections of December 23rd.
Representatives of States that financed the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace (CEJP) in charge of managing Church-related observers were present: the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Belgium, the European Union, Sweden and the Carter Center.
"CENCO alone is not able to cover all 75,000 polling stations, so it will work closely with the other election observation missions", assured the Secretary General of CENCO.
"We are not authorized to publish the election results, but as an observation mission, we can say that the results published by the Independent Electoral Commission are compliant with those collected by observers in the field", said Fr. Nshole.
According to the latest information sent to Agenzia Fides, given the delays in setting up the vote, the elections could be postponed for a week. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 20/12/2018)