Congo electoral body asks RB to speak to key candidates to avoid violence

Congo electoral body asks RB to speak to key candidates to avoid violence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ofCongohas tasked former Zambian president Rupiah Banda to talk to key presidential aspirants to avoid war or postponement of polls.

This follows the violence that broke out on Saturday in the capitalKinshasaas candidates finalised their campaigns which left two people dead.

A Reuters reporter saw one lifeless body on the road to the airport while a U.N. source reported another death elsewhere in town.

Congolese broadcast media report that the Congolese electoral body sees former Zambian leader Rupiah Banda as the most acceptable observer and therefore peace-broker.

On Saturday, Police blocked President Joseph Kabila’s main rival Etienne Tshisekedi, at an airport inKinshasato stop him staging his final election rally.

Etienne Tshisekedi has already declared himself president but denied urging his supporters to terrorise opponents.

After Saturday’s violence and prevention of opposition rallies, the opposition are calling for postponement of the elections.

The Congolese electoral body is thus trying to save the fragile elections by asking Rupiah Banda to intervene.

Tomorrow’s polls are the second elections Congois holding in more than 50 years.
Late Saturday, President Joseph Kabila told supporters not to worry; he remains the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, at least until Monday. The incumbent president was referring to statements made earlier in the campaign by his main challenger, Etienne Tshisekedi, who declared himself president three weeks ago.

Former president Rupah Band is inCongoas co-leader of the Carter observer mission.

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