DR Congo presidential election in 2023 to cost $ 600 million amidst M23 crisis

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KINSHASA - The Democratic Republic of the Congo plans to hold its presidential elections on December 20, 2023. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the 2023 presidential elections will cost the vast rich nation $ 600 million.

Making the announcement on Saturday at a ceremony in Kinshasa, CENI highlighted numerous challenges among them the logistics of transporting ballot materials thousands of kilometers, health concerns about Ebola and COVID-19, and unrest that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

2023 will see incumbent President Felix Tshisekedi seeking re-election for a second term amidst the M23 rebel group war that has resulted in deaths and internal displacement.

Tshisekedi’s administration has pledged to stick to the timetable in the country of 92 million people.

Government’s spoke person Patrick Muyaya. said that “It is not a question of negotiating with the constitutional deadlines, it is a question of us respecting them and consolidating our democracy. The 2023 elections will cost the government about $600m, more than $450m of which has already been budgeted.”

DRC has always witnessed presidential election challenges. The country’s first democratic transition was delayed by two years until it was finally held in December 2018. In that vote, President Felix Tshisekedi took over from his longstanding predecessor Joseph Kabila.

President Tshisekedi will be facing his main competitor Martin Fayulu who cried foul over malpractices in the last 2018 presidential elections.
In DRC -presidents are limited to two terms under Congolese constitutional law.

The country is home to more than 120 armed groups including the M23 rebels who operate across the eastern part of DRC.

Billions of dollars have been spent in the country and what the United Nations term the largest peacekeeping force.
Now the joining the UN peacekeeping forces are the EAC troops.

The M23 group has staged a sweeping offensive this year, seizing territory and forcing thousands of people from their homes.

In the DRC, the presidential poll is held at the same time as parliamentary, provincial, and local elections. The president-elect would then take office in January 2024.

DRC 2023 Presidential candidates:

 Felix Tshisekedi
 Martin Fayulu
 Adolphe Muzito
 Moise Katumbi
 Augustin Matata Ponyo

GAROWE ONLINE

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