DRC Ambassador to South Africa, Bene M’poko, says the electoral commission with the support of President Joseph Kabila decided that the elections need to be done right this time.
Speaking on Morning Live, M’poko says the DRC is the size of Western Europe with no infrastructure and with previous elections there were a few problems.
More than 20 demonstrators opposed to President Kabila, have since been killed in the streets of the country’s capital, Kinshasha, as protests broke out after the announcement.
M’poko says a lot needs to happen before the election can take place and all that will cost about a $1 billion.
He says the international community had committed to helping fund the election but to this day no money has come through.
He says because of that, the country will need to fund the whole election and to raise the amount will take time, hence the postponement.
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Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Congolese Community opposed to President Kabila’s third term in office, Jean Bwasa, says President Kabila needs to step down to avoid more blood shed.
He says Kabila needs to abide by the Constitution and leave office.
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– By SABC