SADC convenes meeting on DRC elections

26 Dec 2018 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 DEC (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Wednesday was set to lead a Southern African Development Community (SADC) delegation of Heads of State and Government to discuss the electoral situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A media statement by Press Secretary in the Office of the Presidency, Alfredo Hengari, said Geingob would lead the delegation as Chairperson of SADC to the Joint Summit with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to discuss the situation in the DRC ahead of the elections of 30 December 2018.
The DRC Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections was slated for 23 December 2018, but was postponed due to a delay in deploying voting material to polling stations after a fire destroyed material in the central warehouse of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kinshasa.
The postponement also follows loss of life and destruction of property in incidents of violence in Kalemie, Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi, in Kinshasa, earlier this month.
“The Joint SADC-ICGLR Summit, hosted by Chairperson of the ICGLR and President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, will take place in Brazzaville, the capital of that country,” the statement said.
Geingob was expected to travel to Brazzaville on Wednesday and return later the same day.