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Senate Votes on Constitutional Amendments

Congo News Agency - January 14, 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo SenateThe Senate voted on Thursday on a bill that will amend the Constitution to limit future presidential elections to a single round of voting and increase presidential powers. Of 81 senators present during the vote, 71 voted for the bill, with 1 voting against and 9 abstaining. Opposition senators boycotted the vote.
Opposition MPs Walk Out Vote on Constitutional Amendment

Congo News Agency - January 12, 2011

Congo ParliamentOpposition MPs walked out in protest on Tuesday before a vote on a controversial bill that, if approved, will amend the Constitution to limit presidential elections to just one round of voting and increase presidential powers.
Opposition Mounts Against Proposed Change to Electoral Law

Congo News Agency - January 10, 2011

François MuambaThe leaders of the main opposition parties met in Kinshasa on Sunday and vowed to put up a united front against a government proposal to limit presidential elections to just one round of voting.
Parliament to Tackle Elections, 2011 Budget during September Session

Congo News Agency - September 14, 2010

Congo Parliament - KinshasaUpcoming elections and the budget will be the main points on the agendas of the National Assembly and the Senate when they convene for the September session on Wednesday. MPs and Senators will elect the seven members of the new Independent National Electoral Commission. They will also vote on the government's 2011 budget plan.
Etienne Tshisekedi to Run for President in 2011

ACP - August 19, 2010

Etienne Tshisekedi wa MulumbaEtienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, national president of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, announced on Wednesday his candidacy for president in next year’s elections. "Now that I am healthy again, I want to reorganize my party and put it into battle mode. So that, tomorrow, it may be able to run the country,” he said during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium.
IEC: Elections to Cost $712 million

Congo News Agency - August 14, 2010

Apolinaire MalumaluThe Independent Electoral Commission says $712 million will be needed to organize presidential, parliamentary, and local elections until 2013. IEC chair Apolinaire Malu Malu says that the government will fund 60% of the cost.
Opposition, Civil Society Reject Elections Timetable

Le Potentiel - August 11, 2010

Apolinaire MalumaluReactions are beginning to pour in after the Independent Electoral Commission released on Monday a timetable for all upcoming elections in the DRC until 2013. The IEC released its schedule even though President Joseph Kabila signed a law last month creating a new body to oversee the electoral process in the DRC, the Independent National Electoral Commission, which will replace the IEC once its members are elected.
Electoral Commission Sets Date for 2011 Presidential Election

ACP - August 9, 2010

Apolinaire Malu MaluThe first round of presidential and parliamentary elections in the DRC will be held on November 27, 2011. The head of the Independent Electoral Commission, Apolinaire Malu Malu, released the schedule on Monday during a press conference in Kinshasa.
Opposition, NGOs Vow to Join Forces to Fight 'Erosion of Democracy'

Radio Okapi - July 31, 2010

Clement KankuDuring a meeting held on Friday in Kinshasa, members of the political opposition and human rights NGOs vowed to join forces to fight what they called the erosion of democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two sides stressed the need to fight together to head off the clamp down on freedom of expression and freedom of the press they are facing these days under the current authorities.
Kabila Signs Bill Creating New Electoral Commission

Congo News Agency - July 30, 2010

Elections officials counting votesPresident Joseph Kabila signed into law on Wednesday a bill replacing the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Like its predecessor, the INEC is tasked with the organization of the electoral process, including voter registration, maintaining the voter registry, counting of votes, and organization of referendums.







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