RDC Presidential elections of December 2018: a way to peace and social cohesion or a political uncertainty?

The presidential elections in the DRC deserve to be given major importance and particular attention, especially from African leaders, for both political and social reasons, and whether national or international.

postponed several times with spearheading the categorical refusal to see President Kabila stand as a candidate for his own succession, we can say that the Congolese people seemed to have taken a giant step towards peace when this demand was met. however, some continued to see a political manipulation of the president with the absence of a heavyweight like Jean Pierre Bemba in the race for the presidency. Until then, the certainty of a presidential election in the DRC was strong enough, the refusal to receive help from the international community, especially the use of MONUSCO election materials, added to the seemingly destruction of some voting machines appears to lead the majority of experts to believe that it will not be possible to hold elections on December 30, 2018, and if they stood then it would not be credible at all, highlighting the inability of the DRC to organize these elections. the question is how can it be explained that a country which natural resources seem to contribute to the development of a considerable number of economic “great powers” can not afford to organize presidential elections? in what way does the involvement of the international community guarantee the credibility of the elections and the absence of disputes at the end of the process?

we still remember the elections in Ivory Coast that have been involving the international community, which did not prevent the post-election violence between pro Gbagbo and supporters of President Ouattara. Therefore, it is key to draw the attention of 2 groups of political actors that might have a critical role to play in the way political events may go in the DRC:

1-the Heads of State of the Central African Subregion and the African Union;

it is already important that the heads of state of the sub-region meet to discuss how to ensure political stability in the region, which inevitably depends on the political stability of the DRC. it would be wise to address security issues at the border level to ensure that external elements can not cause trouble, a probability of assistance if material incapacity is proven, and other aspects of ensuring political stability in the region. The African Union will do well in getting through its mechanisms involved to monitor the process in order to avoid a situation of violence that could lead to human casualties.

2-The Congolese people;

The Congolese people must demonstrate great maturity and not be lured by political leaders in a probable escalation of post-election violence of which they remain and remain the only direct victims. a retrospective on past violence exposes a loss of life memorable that should inspire a permanent search for a peaceful method. Africa needs more than ever all its sons, and any human sacrifice whose fruits can not be immediate is a “crime against the community”, a crime that seems to have been committed for years by the majority of political opposition groups in Africa. The latter have to question their strategies.

Scheduled to be held on December 23, 2018, postponed to December 30, 2018 and partially in March 2019 in some regions in the DRC, it is clear that the elections must be held in this country that is hungry for political transition and stability to better start its development. we can therefore wonder what will be the political situation of this country essential to the development of Africa from January to March 2019 when elections will be held in currently unstable areas due to security and public health issues. Is it wise to postpone partially the presidential election? What could be the outcome of such a decision of the elections committee? Here is the food for thought that I bring to your table fellow readers and international affairs analysts…


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