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Second Carter Center Statement on the Election Preparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Carter Center - July 12, 2006

Jimmy CarterThe presidential and legislative election campaigns are now slowly underway across the country. While there has been an improvement in the quality of the information put out by political parties and candidates, there is still a tendency to politicize and sensationalize relatively straight-forward technical issues and unjustly undermine confidence in the electoral process.
Riot Police Break Up Congo Poll Protest

VOA News - July 11, 2006

Kinshasa ProtestRiot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in the middle of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital.  The demonstration had been called by more than half of the 33 presidential candidates for the upcoming July 30 elections.
Army suspends demobilisation, disarmament

IRIN - July 7, 2006

Congolese soldiersThe disarmament and demobilisation programme of the Congolese army has been suspended due to lack of funds, according to François Atufuka Mbuze, spokesman for the National Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (CONADER).Atufuka said CONADER had closed 18 orientation centres across the country on 30 June.
Suspend poll campaigns, 19 presidential candidates say

IRIN - July 5, 2006

Congo - ElectionsNineteen out of 33 presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have called for the suspension of ongoing election campaigns to allow for what they term as "transparency" in the country's first democratic elections in 45 years.
Gunmen Retake Congo Stronghold from UN, Army

VOA News - July 5, 2006

Democratic Republic of CongoCongolese gunmen have launched an offensive and retaken their stronghold in the lawless east. The capture of Tchei, in Ituri district, is a setback for the U.N. and government forces that chased militia away just weeks ago and are struggling to pacify Congo ahead of elections later this month.
Election campaigns begin

IRIN - June 30, 2006

Kinshasa rallyPresidential aspirants in the Democratic Republic of Congo kicked off their nationwide campaigns on Friday for the country's first democratic elections in 45 years, due on 30 July."The 30-day nationwide campaign is officially launched," Apollinaire Malumalu, chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission, said.
UN gives big financial support to DRCongo election

Xiuan - June 29, 2006

The United Nations has made the largest investment of this type in its history, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the central African nation's first election in 45 years, the UN special representative to the DRC said on Thursday.


Congo Faces Challenges in Holding First Democratic Poll in 40 Years

VOA News - June 29, 2006

William SwingThe Democratic Republic of Congo is beginning campaigning for the first democratic elections in over 40 years. The difficulties the nation faces in staging such an election are evident in the fact that the date has been pushed back several times over the past year. VOA's Catherine Maddux examines how prepared the vast, war-scarred nation is to hold the ballot on July 30.
EU troops arriving in Congo, can use force if need be - force commander

IRIN - June 26, 2006

Eurofor commender in KinshasaAdvance teams of the European Union's Force for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), known as EUFOR DRCongo, have begun arriving in the capital, Kinshasa. The force was established at the request of the United Nations to support the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), during the country's first democratic general elections in 45 years, scheduled for 30 July.
Military operations in Ituri counter productive - report

IRIN - June 22, 2006

Monuc soldiersMilitary operations conducted in the troubled northeastern district of Ituri by the Congolese army, with the support of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), are counter productive as they have contributed to the worsening of the security situation in the district, according to a report by the Forum on early Warning and Early Response (FEWER-Africa).







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