UN / DRC ZERROUGUI

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UN Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the Security Council that opposition leaders in the country remained “extremely distrustful” of the election process adding that “consensus” between Congolese actors was essential “so as not to compromise the acceptance of the election results.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

11 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Nations:
“The main leaders of the opposition are extremely distrustful over the process in general, to which they nevertheless remain committed for the time being. They are calling for the voter machines to be abandoned and for the electoral roll to be cleaned up. It is therefore essential that the Congolese actors reach a consensus on these questions so as not to compromise the acceptance of the election results.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Nations:
“The application of similar rules for all is a fundamental assurance of the credibility of the entire process. Ensuring the security of the elections is another precondition for credible and peaceful elections. It is important to make sure that not only the candidates in the votes are safe and secure, but also to ensure that the environment in which the campaigns and the votes themselves take place is also peaceful and secure.”
6. Med shot, French ambassador
7. Med shot, Congolese delegate
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Nations:
(starts under cutaways) “In recent weeks we have faced increasing restrictions on the importation of arms, ammunition, and other military equipment for several of our contingents, including our incoming Rapidly Deployable Battalions. Although we continue to engage on these issues with the Government of the DRC, I must unfortunately inform you that discussions have not yet yielded tangible results.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the Security Council that opposition leaders in the country remained “extremely distrustful” of the election process adding that “consensus” between Congolese actors was essential “so as not to compromise the acceptance of the election results.”

Briefing the Council via teleconference from Kinshasa today (11 Oct), Leila Zerrougui said the recent trip by the Security Council to the DRC gave it a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the situation on the ground ahead of the December elections. She noted that the electoral process was progressing according to the set calendar, but also highlighted major challenges in the process, including armed group activity in east of the country, the opposition’s lack of trust in the process and the low number of female candidates on the ballot.

Zerrougui said, “The main leaders of the opposition are extremely distrustful over the process in general, to which they nevertheless remain committed for the time being; they are calling for the voter machines to be abandoned and for the electoral roll to be cleaned up; it is therefore essential that the Congolese actors reach a consensus on these questions so as not to compromise the acceptance of the election results.”

The Special Representative said the application of similar rules for all candidates “is a fundamental assurance of the credibility of the entire process.” She noted that ensuring the security of the elections is a “precondition for credible and peaceful elections,” and stressed the importance of not only ensuring the safety of candidates, but also “that the environment in which the campaigns and the votes themselves take place is also peaceful and secure.”

Zerrougui further highlighted insecurity in the east, notably armed attacks around Beni, which had also complicated ongoing efforts to end an ongoing Ebola outbreak.

She told the Council that in recent weeks the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) had faced “increasing restrictions on the importation of arms, ammunition, and other military equipment” for several of its contingents, including the incoming Rapidly Deployable Battalions. She said, “Although we continue to engage on these issues with the Government of the DRC, I must unfortunately inform you that discussions have not yet yielded tangible results.” Zerrougui said this increasingly places MONUSCO forces in a situation where they are inadequately resourced to ensure the security of its personnel and to protect civilians in the country.
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