The Security Council on Wednesday called on the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to swiftly publish a timetable for elections intended for the African country's first peaceful transfer of power. This was revealed by the national independent electoral commission (CENI) which said it needs 504 days after the ongoing census, to organize any poll.
"It is with indignation that I learnt of the irresponsible statements of Corneille Nangaa who, on October 11, before the members of civil society and of political parties, pushed the holding of elections that were meant to be held on December 31st 2017, as per the New Year agreement, instead of 2019".
Dozens of people died a year ago in protests against Kabila's refusal to step down at the end of his term.
The schedule outlined by the electoral commission would torpedo an agreement between President Joseph Kabila's representatives and his opponents that the election would take place before the end of this year.
Maman Sidikou, the special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for the DRC, saw the re-emergence of a climate of political uncertainty and tensions in the DRC as a result of the challenges related to the implementation of the December 31 agreement.
Briefing the Security Council at an open meeting prior to closed-door consultations, Sidikou said the security situation deteriorated in several provinces, impacting the life of civilians and the food security in the country.