DR CONGO ELECTION COMMISSION SUMMONS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR URGENT MEETING
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission (CENI) has summoned the candidates in Sunday Dec 23's presidential election to a meeting at the parliament building amid reports the vote could be delayed.
Marie-France Idikayi, a CENI spokeswoman, invited the candidates to an 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) meeting. Her message, which did not specify the reason for the meeting, was sent on Wednesday.
Idikayi denied media reports on Wednesday that CENI was considering postponing the election by a few days due to delays deploying voting materials to polling stations.
Preparations for Sunday's vote, which has been postponed repeatedly since 2016, were disrupted by a fire last week in the capital Kinshasa, which the commission said destroyed some 80 percent of the city's voting machines.
The election is meant to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is due to step down after 18 years in power, in what would be Congo's first democratic transition.
Source: Nam News Network