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Statement of Dr. Denis Mukwege on the Announcement by the DRC Government Scheduling Elections for December 2018

(Bukavu, South Kivu, DRC) 06 November 2017 - the DRC Electoral Commission, known as CENI, announced the election calendar yesterday, scheduling elections for December 2018 - more than two years after the Constitution allows. Dr. Denis Mukwege's statement in English and French is below. 

"Dear compatriots,

The CENI has just published its electoral calendar. It confirms the concerns we have always expressed about the regime's unwillingness to preserve democracy and peace in our country. In addition to trampling on our Constitution and the December 31 agreement, this calendar is full of constraints that make it unrealistic. It is yet another delaying tactic in order to prolong a lawless, illegal and illegitimate state. Accordingly, the Congolese people can expect nothing from such a masquerade. Their final alternative is to stand up according to the precepts of our Constitution to reclaim their rights and dignity."

Panzi Foundation USA Executive Director, Mr. Tony Gambino, is available for interviews. Contact: Elizabeth Blackney, ElizabethB@pfusa.org or via phone: +1 541.390.1913.


Français:

Chers compatriotes,

La CENI vient de publier son calendrier électoral.

Il confirme les inquiétudes que nous avons toujours exprimées concernant l’absence de volonté du régime de préserver notre démocratie et la paix dans notre pays. En plus de piétiner à nouveau, notre Constitution et l’accord du 31. Décembre ( St Sylvestre) , ce calendrier est plein des contraintes qui le rendent irréalisable. 

C’est une manœuvre dilatoire de plus, ourdie en vue de prolonger un état de non-droit, illégal et illégitime. Par conséquent, notre peuple ne peut rien attendre d’une telle mascarade. Son dernier recours est de se mettre debout conformément aux prescrits de notre Constitution pour reconquérir ses droits et sa dignité.

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