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President Tshisekedi of DRC campaigns in the rebel-captured East ahead of polls

President Tshisekedi of DRC campaigns in the rebel-captured East ahead of polls

Story by Oleen Ndori, Foreign Editor in DRC

THE Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government says preparations are on course ahead of the December 20 elections.

After 63 years of independence, the DRC will on the 20th of December hold its second election after the peaceful transition of power between former President Joseph Kabila and incumbent President Dr Felix Tshisekedi.

In an interview with ZBC News, DRC Information and Communication Minister, Mr Patrick Muyaya said despite some challenges in preparing for the polls, the country will be ready to hold elections on the 20th of this month.

“Preparing for elections in the DRC is complex, we have many challenges including failure to reach areas captured by rebels in the East, making it difficult for Congolese in this area to vote but largely we believe we will be ready come December 20, and let me take this opportunity to state that elections will not be delayed or postponed as has been alleged in some circles but the elections will go on,” he said.

On Tuesday, the streets of Mbuji-Mayi located in Kasai-Oriental Province lined up with citizens excited and eager to hear the message from President Tshisekedi.

They say this year’s election is important for the development of their country.

President Tshisekedi has promised to confront the crisis in the Eastern Region while pushing for the socio-economic growth of the country.

“It is time for the population to open their eyes. Our country is heavily fought. Every Congolese must stand up to defend the homeland. The enemies of our country are found among the presidential candidates. They are here so be careful you know well the war raging in the east of our country. But I am determined to fight to overcome insecurity in the east of our country you must integrate the army and the police to ensure and protect the territorial integrity of our country. During my second term, we will improve the conditions of our soldiers and police, because we must be strong to face our enemies. I am committed to continuing our program for 145 territories as well as free secondary school,” he said.

Over 20 candidates will battle it out in the Presidential poll, with 500 National Assembly seats up for grabs across the 26 provinces of the DRC.

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