|List of presidential candidates finalised but still no election date|
IRIN - April 27, 2006
President Joseph Kabila and three of his four vice-presidents are on the final list of 33 presidential candidates published by the Democratic Republic of Congo's Independent Electoral Commission, known by its French acronym CEI.
|Candidates registered, election date undecided|
IRIN - April 6, 2006
Some 73 presidential candidates have registered for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but the main opposition leader was not among them and the commission has not set a date for the elections.
|Tshisekedi supporters in demo for inclusion in electoral bodies|
IRIN - March 22, 2006
Thousands of party supporters of veteran opposition politician Etienne Tshisekedi marched through the streets of the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday demanding that their Union pour la democratie et le progres social (UPDS) be integrated into the country's election organisational structures.
|Registration of presidential, legislative candidates begins|
IRIN - March 16, 2006
Registration offices for candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential and legislative elections opened on Friday in the capital, Kinshasa.
|Parliament adopts electoral law, poll schedule|
IRIN - February 22, 2006
Parliament has adopted a bill giving the Independent Electoral Commission 110 days to organise national democratic elections as soon as Congo's President Joseph Kabila signs the document into law, the commission's second vice-president, Norbert Bansegezi Kantintima, said on Wednesday.
|Voters give new constitution overwhelming support|
IRIN - January 12, 2006
An overwhelming number of voters have approved a new constitution put to a referendum in December 2005, which is expected to lead to general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, official results of the poll show.
|Opposition politician ends boycott of upcoming polls|
IRIN - January 3, 2006
Veteran politician Etienne Tshisekedi reversed on Monday his call for a boycott of general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), due in 2006.
|Supporters of constitution in strong position at polls|
IRIN - December 21, 2005
Initial trends in the Democratic Republic of Congo's constitutional referendum show overwhelming support for the document, which, if approved, should clear the way for general elections in 2006.
|Referendum continues into second day|
IRIN - December 19, 2005
Voters continued trickling into polling stations throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday for the second day of voting on the country's new draft constitution.
|Stakes high for vote on draft constitution|
IRIN - December 15, 2005
Almost 25 million voters in the DRC could prepare the way for the country's first presidential and parliamentary elections if they accept the draft constitution that is to be presented to them on Sunday in a referendum, senior diplomats said in Kinshasa.