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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.
Government, IEC Confirm 2011 Elections

Le Potentiel - April 27, 2010

Senatorial Elections - CongoDeputy Prime Minister Adolphe Lumanu said on Monday the government is committed to the plan laid out by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for elections set to be held in 2011.
Katanga Governor Says Not Running for 2011 Presidential Elections

Congo News Agency - March 30, 2010

Moise KatumbiKatanga Province governor Moise katumbi told reporters over the weekend he won’t run for presidential elections set to be held in 2011. He attributed rumors of his candidacy to those in the national and international media “looking for sensational stories to sell newspapers."
Voter Registration Extended for 15 Days in Kinshasa

ACP - August 4, 2009

Dieudonne MirimoThe Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has extended the deadline to register for the upcoming elections to August 20, 2009. The IEC made the decision on Tuesday, responding to numerous calls to give more time to those who want to register.







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