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UN envoy: DRC political tensions high ahead of 2016 vote

08 October 2015, 08:45

New York - The UN envoy for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says political tensions are running high ahead of 2016 legislative and presidential elections and human rights violations related to the electoral process are increasing.

Martin Kobler, in his final briefing to the UN Security Council before stepping down, urged the Congolese government to ensure that the elections "are transparent, credible and inclusive".

Also Read: Ex-DRC VP Bemba, 4 allies go on trial, accused of bribing witnesses

He urged government authorities on Wednesday to immediately decide on the electoral calendar and budget, and update the voter registry to include those who turned 18-year-old since the last elections in 2011.

DRC has never had a peaceful transfer of power in its 55 years of independence. President Joseph Kabila is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term but is widely believed to be seeking to prolong his rule.

- AP


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