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Congo’s Catholic church questions government’s election preparations


June 23, 202312:35 PM EDTUpdated 2 months ago

The country’s Catholic church has a long history of promoting democracy in the vast African country where organising elections has been complicated by financial and logistical problems, and where disputes over vote tampering have frequently caused widespread unrest.

The election commission, CENI, has made insufficient progress creating a tripartite consultation framework between the majority, the opposition and civil society, and not invited international observers to ensure fair elections, CENCO said.

“CENI’s refusal to respond favourably to these two pertinent requests is proof enough that the electoral process is off to a bad start,” the church said in a statement.