High-wire politicking underway ahead of Sunday’s vote
By Nsikan Ikpe
The United Nations, UN and the Southern African Development Commision, SADC have expressed concern over the state of political affairs in the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of Sunday’s very critical presidential polls.
The elections which were initially scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 23rd were rescheduled after some 80 percent of electoral materials earmarked for its conduct were reportedly gutted in a mysterious fire that razed down the warehouse in the capital, Kinshasa where the materials were being stored.
Underscoring their resolve to contribute towards ensuring that things do not get out of hand in the very contentious poll, the Southern Africa Development Commission, SADC, and another regional grouping, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, ICGLR have scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday.
The session which is to hold in Congo Brazzaville is chiefly devoted to a discussion of the situation in the DRC and collective efforts aimed at promoting peaceful elections and post-election stability in the embattled nation.
President of Namibia and Chairman of SADC, Hage Geingob and leader of Congo Brazzaville, Denis Sassou Nguesso, who also doubles as president of the ICGLR have presently confirmed their attendance at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the respective contenders in the polls are carrying on with last minute campaign activities with political watchers presently envisioning a three-horse race between Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, Etienne Tshiekeshiedi and Martin Fayulu.
UN Secretary General, Anthonio Gutteres