Welcoming the Global Electoral Calendar in the DRC

Statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson

The United States welcomes the publishing of the global electoral calendar for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

We look to the important presidential elections scheduled to take place on November 27, 2016, in line with the DRC constitution, as an opportunity for the Congolese government and its people to further the democratization of the country through regular, timely elections and what we anticipate as the country’s first peaceful transfer of power.

We look forward to assisting the DRC in achieving its goal of continued democratization and in taking further steps to ensure this historic step according to this calendar.

With the publishing of the global electoral calendar, the United States renews its call for dialogue among all stakeholders to ensure a consensual process and for the DRC government to finalize its electoral budget.