World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Voter Registration In DR Of Congo

Annan Welcomes Peaceful Start To Voter Registration In DR Of Congo

New York, Jun 22 2005

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the peaceful start of voter registration this week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, paving the way for elections in the vast African country for the first time in four decades after years of civil war.

The DRC's National Assembly and Senate also jointly decided last Friday to extend the transitional period for six months, he said through his spokesman.

"The Secretary-General appeals to all the Congolese parties to respect the decision of their parliamentary institutions to extend the transition and to actively participate in the process in a peaceful manner," the spokesman said.

The Secretary-General expects the referendum on the constitution and the subsequent elections to be held in accordance with the timetable published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), he said.

Mr. Annan also urged the Transitional Government and the IEC to expedite the electoral process and to keep the Congolese population regularly and transparently informed of all major developments in the process that is so crucial for the future of their country.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>

ALSO:

Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>

ALSO:

Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>

ALSO:

Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>

ALSO:

EARLIER:

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC