|Southern African News Features SANF 11 No 35, November 2011|
SADC deploys for DRC polls
by Kizito Sikuka
Southern Africa’s biggest-ever election observer mission will observe the 28
More than 200 observers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will
According to a statement by SADC, South African Correctional Services Minister,
A total of 11 presidential candidates will take part in the elections, including the
Kabila has been in power since 2001 following the death of his father the same year.
Other presidential candidates include veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi
Jean-Pierre Bemba, who came second in the 2006 presidential election, is not taking
According to an Electoral Reform Bill approved by the Parliament, the President and
In the previous election, a candidate needed to win 50 percent-plus-one votes to be
In the 2006 election Kabila won 44.81 percent of votes in the first round poll in
This prompted the holding of a run-off poll in October of the same year in which
More than 18,500 candidates will contest for 500 seats in a parallel parliamentary
More than 32 million voters have registered for the elections. This represents a
As per tradition, the SEOM will monitor the electoral process in three phases,
After the polls, SEOM will release a draft report on how the elections were
The SADC observer team is expected to interact with other regional and international
The conduct of the different observer missions will be guided by the Constitution
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