The European Union yesterday (11 December) warned Democratic Republic of Congo it would cut off help to hold elections next year if the authorities failed to end “harassment” of the opposition and civil society. In a statement, the 28-nation bloc said it was “critical” for the Kinshasa government to uphold the timetable of the much-delayed elections. Elections were scheduled to be held by the end of 2017, under a political deal with the opposition aimed at avoiding bloodshed.
However, the ballot has been delayed with the country’s electoral commission blaming logistical problems. The country has now scheduled the vote for 23 December 2018.
On Monday, the Senate began a race against the clock to push through electoral reforms, facing a Friday deadline set by Kabila.