A delegation leaves for the DRC

November 22, 2011

A Development and Peace delegation left today for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to observe the upcoming elections. (Read press release)

On Monday, November 28, if all goes well, 32 million voters will be casting their ballot in one of 62,000 polling stations set up across this vast country. One can only imagine the sheer logistical challenge of delivering ballots to so many local voting stations. A few additional key figures: as many as 11 people are running to become President of the Republic, while 18,000 candidates are competing in parliamentary elections (500 seats). The DRC boasts no fewer than…400 political parties!

In order to ensure a peaceful and democratic election process, CENCO, the National Conference of Congolese Bishop, is deploying 30,000 independent observers across the country. The Development and Peace delegation is joining national observers in the Katanga province, in the southeast region of the DRC.