DR Congo's Kabila commits to polls, but donors, opposition uneasy
Saturday April 7 2018
Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila. He committed to hold elections on December 23, 2018 but the opposition, the Catholic Church and donors are still unconvinced that he will go easily. PHOTO | REUTERS
President Kabila’s constitutional mandate ended in December 2016, but the elections had been delayed by his previous attempts to stay on, citing lack of funds.
The opposition has been thrown into a spin, with several parties struggling to form alliances that could help them meet the threshold set by the new electoral laws, giving conditions that the Kabila government is likely to ignore.
The new electoral laws, which President Kabila signed last December, set the minimum votes political parties must garner to qualify for seats in the national and provincial legislatures and raise the non-refundable fee for presidential candidates from $54,000 to $100,000.