The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa's fourth most populous country, will go to the polls on December 20, 2023, to choose its president, parliamentarians, and local representatives. The election is happening against a backdrop of economic challenges …"> The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa's fourth most populous country, will go to the polls on December 20, 2023, to choose its president, parliamentarians, and local representatives. The election is happening against a backdrop of economic challenges …">
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DR Congo Elections 2023: 11 Facts and figures you should know

Posted on  December 15, 2023 
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DR Congo Elections 2023: 11 Facts and figures you should know

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa's fourth most populous country, will go to the polls on December 20, 2023, to choose its president, parliamentarians, and local representatives. The election is happening against a backdrop of economic challenges and ongoing armed conflict in the eastern part of the country. Given its central location, the outcome of this election will have significant ramifications for all of Africa. This article provides some key facts about the elections:

1. Incumbent President Felix Tshisekedi, who has been in power since 2019 is seeking re-election for a second term.

2. Besides the presidential race, voters will choose from tens of thousands of candidates for legislative and local bodies.

3. 24 candidates have been cleared by the Independent National Elections Commission to contest the election.

4. Nearly 25,000 candidates are contesting for 500 National Assembly seats.

5. The President is elected by direct popular vote to serve a 5-year term.

6. The electoral commission has registered nearly 44 million voters in a country with a population of approximately 102 million people.

7. In 63 years of independence, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has had only one peaceful transition of power: the controversial 2019 win of Felix Tshisekedi.

8. There are only two women in the race: Marie-Josée Ifoku Mputa, a presidential candidate in December 2018, and Joëlle Bile. 

9. The European Union observer mission has pulled out of the election, after failing to reach an agreement with the Congolese government over the importation of communication devices they needed to use to monitor the elections. They will be deploying eight experts but only in the capital, Kinshasa.

10. According to the electoral calendar, the provisional results are expected on 31 December. If the results are ready before that, they could be released sooner.

11. The winner of the presidential election will be sworn into office on 20 January 2024.


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