Election Preparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is scheduled to hold its second-ever democratic elections on November 28, 2011. Rev. Daniel Mulunda-Nyanga, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), spoke at CSIS about the ongoing preparations, including progress toward a 12 million strong voter registry, now 54 percent complete, and the difficult timetable for elections. CSIS Africa Program director Jennifer Cooke moderated a panel discussion with Barrie Freeman of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Daniel Laurent of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and Mark Schneider of the International Crisis Group. The event was cohosted by CSIS and NDI.

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