SADC endorses DRC poll

The 52-member team said the October 29 poll represents a new era in the DRC for the political leadership which submitted itself to the people’s scrutiny and choice.

The SADC mission team said in a statement that democracy in SADC has added another page that ushers in opportunities to redirect national and international efforts.

The mission further said the successful conclusion of the elections would allow the DRC’s full participation in the developmental and peace agenda enshrined in the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ.

The SADC mission, which commended the media for playing a role in levelling the political field, pledged to work with the DRC in its journey to national reconstruction, reconciliation and political stability.

The mission also commended the Independent Electoral Commission of the DRC for its efforts in ensuring a successful conclusion of the elections.

It said the orderly manner in which voters cast their ballots coupled with strict adherence to the electoral law and procedures made the process legitimate and credible.

The mission, however, objected to the resort to violence which they said contradicts the basic principles of democracy. ‘ ZNBC/SADC.

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