Lessons from the DRC elections

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Félix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections, gestures to his supporters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Jan. 10, 2019. – Courtesy of Reuters

They have created a momentum in the region. Parties to stop allowing presidents handpick candidates but allow the Democratic process take its course.

More lessons are that opinions polls in Africa are still unreliable but good experiments to continue trying.

Further, Africa needs to invest more in efficiency and timely result management systems to avoid creating room for suspicions and speculations for manipulation.

Composition of the electoral body consists of political parties (opposition and ruling) and CSOs and currently being headed by a CSO leader.

The people’s determination to vote and have a new and fresh start cannot be stifled or suffocated regardless of the unfriendly electoral situation.

It also seems the Congolese abandoned the 50%+1 threshold for a winning presidential candidate, which is good for the state of democracy in Congo otherwise a run off would have been more chaotic that the first vote.

Another lesson is that the stability and sustainability of political coalition and alliances in Africa isn’t an easy undertaking.

Felix and Martin were in the same alliance before nomination and had agreed to field Martin as Presidential candidate but party members of Felix’s party found the alliance deal not done in broad consultations with majority members leading to his pulling out and standing on his own party’s tickets.

The Pentecostal church in Congo produced both the provisional winner and the runs up candidates. Both Felix and Martin go to the same Pentecostal church.

The role of the Church in Congo helped change the electoral and political tide in country where CSO/NGO presence is very limited.

Zambian church, CSOs and political parties both ruling and opposition, electorate and electoral body can draw Lessons from the just ended elections in Congo DR.

By MacDonald Chipenzi
Electoral Expert

News updates www.zambianeye.com.

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2 Responses to Lessons from the DRC elections

  1. Everyone should have known Kabila would not go easily – he stayed in office two years longer than he should, all to find away to continue eating at the table (so to speak).
    However, lately puppets (aka hand picked candidates) have been revolting and reneging on deals made. Angola comes to mind. Here’s to hoping.

    Newbie
    January 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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  2. Even the elected president he worn because his father was popular with the congolise people .
    Ramazani could not win because kabila was not popular any more however he played a great role not to rig those elections towards his candidate meaning allowed himself out without creating any more problems.
    To me he is going out a good politician at least bye bye Kabila .

    nshilimubemba
    January 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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