Envoy calls for "transparent" DRC elections

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Martin Kobler, Special Representative for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) meets delegates from DRC. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to ensure next year's elections are "transparent, credible and inclusive."

The appeal was made by Martin Kobler, head of the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO, during a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday.

The DRC is set to hold legislative and presidential elections in November 2016.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Kobler told the Security Council that the political situation in the DRC is increasingly marked by the elections process.

Political tensions are running high which he said will have an impact on security, dialogue between the UN mission and the government, and the fulfilment of MONUSCO's mandate.

He also expressed concern over increasing human rights violations related to the electoral process.

"I urge the government of the DRC to take all necessary measures to ensure that the legislative and presidential elections slated for November 2016 are transparent, credible and inclusive. I appeal to the authorities to decisively and immediately address open questions related to: The sequencing of the electoral calendar, while respecting the constitutional deadlines; the electoral budget; the update of the voter registry to include eligible individuals who turned 18 since the last elections of 2011."

Peaceful, timely and credible elections would send a clear message that the DRC is a nation that is "keen on a peaceful transition of power" and will consolidate peace, according to Mr Kobler.

Mr Kobler is preparing to leave the UN mission in the DRC, a position he has held for more than two years.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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