|Court urged to invalidate Kabila candidature|
IRIN - April 14, 2006
The Supreme Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo is set to examine a petition against President Joseph Kabila's candidature in general elections set for later this year.
|President, Former Rebels Join Dozens in Race for Congo's Top Job|
VOA News - April 3, 2006
Registration for Congo's elections closed late Sunday with more than 70 people signing up for the presidential race and 4,000 aiming for a seat in parliament. The continuing absence of the veteran opposition UDPS party is raising concerns for the elections, which are meant to bring peace to the war-torn Congo.
|Annan says DR of Congo at 'critical stage' with enthusiasm for June elections|
UN News Service - March 23, 2006
Describing the Democratic Republic of Congo as being at a ?critical stage? ahead of landmark 18 June elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met officials in the east of the country, saying that he felt Congolese were excited at the prospect of electing their own leaders and ending the long, bloody civil conflict.
|Annan in Kinshasa for last leg of Africa visit|
IRIN - March 21, 2006
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on Tuesday for a three-day visit, on the fourth and final leg of his African tour.
|Security concerns in a "democracy without democrats"|
IRIN - March 16, 2006
Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are a near certainty, despite the obstacles that threaten a smooth transition to democracy. What is largely uncertain, however, is how stable the country will be in the aftermath of the polls.
|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.
|UN heads drum up support for vulnerable Congolese|
IRIN - March 1, 2006
The heads of three United Nations agencies, who are on a joint mission to Africa's Great Lakes region, have identified the alleviation of human suffering, security and protection of vulnerable people as some of the issues vital to stability and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
|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.
|Congo gets new constitution, new flag|
IRIN - February 20, 2006
President Joseph Kabila has promulgated the Democratic Republic of Congo's new constitution and new flag, a move that paves the way for the beginning of the country's electoral process, expected to end with presidential elections midyear.
|Congo Adopts New Constitution, But Polls Look Delayed|
VOA News - February 18, 2006
The Democratic Republic of Congo adopted a new constitution Saturday, taking another step towards recovery after decades of dictatorship, war and chaos. The new document paves the way for the first democratic elections in 40 years. But, speculation is mounting over whether the June 30 deadline for elections can be met.