a decisive return to Parliament for the next

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the March session of Parliament opens on Tuesday 15 March in the Palace of the People. This is a session with strong political content. One of the main issues is the review and possibly the vote on the new election law. Several options must be exercised by the deputies in the general elections scheduled for the end of 2023.

as reported from Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) expects a lot from this parliamentary session. According to its president, Denis Kadima, it will be difficult to respect the general election calendar if the reform of the electoral law is not implemented now.

The Commission can no longer and no longer wants to navigate in the long run. Denis Kadima also met, earlier this month, with the Presidents of the Senate and the National Assembly to present the issues for this session.

Ceni especially wants to focus on the possibility or not of a second round of the presidential election. It is also a question of whether Congolese living abroad should participate or not in the vote.

During this session, parliamentarians will also have to decide whether or not to retain the indirect election of governors in the second degree, that is, by provincial deputies.

Parliamentarians’ decisions on these various issues will also affect the cost of the elections. The Céni office is waiting for deputies and senators to put pressure on the government to quickly disburse the funds earmarked for election operations.

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The second issue that will fuel the start of this session is the fate reserved for Jean-Marc Kabund, until its first Vice President of the National Assembly. Deprived of his post as president of the UDPS and expelled from the presidential party, he should not retain his seat in the office of the National Assembly.

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