The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for the members of the Independent National Electoral Commission to change their practices or resign following the mismanagement of last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. In a declaration released on Thursday after a three-day meeting in Kinshasa, the bishops said that they “believe the electoral process was marred by serious flaws that call into question the credibility of the results published” by the electoral commission.
They asked the current members of the INEC to “have the courage to reevaluate themselves and immediately correct the serious errors that have affected public confidence in the institution. Or otherwise, resign.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission “no longer enjoys the confidence of the population,” the bishops said and asked the parliament to “review its composition” and “include members of the civil society for more independence.”