25 January 2007

Congo-Kinshasa: 76 Candidates for 22 Governor And Vice Governor Posts

The electoral campaign for the governors and vice governors finished this Wednesday January 25 2007, with the election due to take place on Saturday January 27, according to the electoral calendar. The election will vote in 11 governors and vice governors for the 11 existing provinces.

The electoral campaign, which lasted three days, finished today, and 76 candidates have put forward their candidatures as governors and vice governors for the existing eleven provinces, according to Delion Kimbulungu, spokesperson for the president of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

For the 11 new provinces, according to the IEC, "another election will be organized after the decentralization law has been passed".

Governors, elected for a renewable mandate of three years, have the title of executive for the province. They will choose the ministers both within and outside of the provincial assemblies. The number of provincial ministers cannot be more than 10, according to the new constitution.

Those elected cannot have another post in a state institution, other then what they have been elected for. At the moment of their election as governors or vice governors, "they lose their previous position automatically. There is no possibility of holding executive and parliamentary positions at the same time," added Mr. Kimbulungu.

According to the electoral calendar, the urban, municipal and local elections are expected to be held before the end of the year by the new National Electoral Independent Commission (CENI), and the law for its creation must still be voted on by parliament.

The spokesperson for the IEC confirmed that the IEC "are in the process of doing the 'rapport general', which will bring the mandate of the IEC to an end. Once this report is presented to the parliament of the Republic, the work of the IEC will come to an end, and the CENI will then take up the responsibility for organising future elections".

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