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Cablegate: Second Round Dr Congo Presidential Campaign Set To

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM CG ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: SECOND ROUND DR CONGO PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN SET TO
OPEN OCTOBER 13

REF: A. KINSHASA 1451

B. KINSHASA 1472

1. (U) DR Congo's Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) has
set the dates for official campaigning in the October 29
second-round presidential and provincial assembly elections.
CEI President Abbe Apollinaire Malu Malu announced that the
presidential campaign will last 15 days, from October 13
through October 27. Provincial assembly campaigns will run
from September 28 to October 27, a total of 30 days.

2. (U) The CEI has also initiated the process for printing
the presidential ballots with the validation of first-round
presidential results September 15 (ref A). Malu Malu said
the mock-up ballot was sent the following day to printers in
South Africa, and will take up to 15 days to prepare. He
said it will take nearly 26 days to transport the material
from South Africa to the CEI's 210 training and education
sites throughout the country, and another 10 days to deliver
them to the nearly 50,000 voting stations.

3. (U) Printing and delivery of provincial assembly ballots
and election kits (ballot boxes, voting booths, etc.) is well
under way. The CEI has confirmed that nearly all provincial
ballots have been printed. The first delivery arrived in
Kinshasa September 16 from South Africa. More than 20,000
election kits have been distributed thus far. Malu Malu said
delivery of all materials will require more than 100
round-trip flights between South Africa and the DRC, plus
nearly 200 helicopter transport flights within the country.

4. (U) Delly Sesanga, Minister of Plan and a member of Vice
President Bemba's MLC party's political bureau, told Radio
Okapi September 21 that the party objects to the 15-day
campaign as insufficient for a nationwide campaign. A
representative of President Kabila's PPRD told the same
station the day before that it accepts the calendar.

5. (U) Comment. The October 13 start date for the campaign
could in fact be in Bemba's interest, as it increases the
odds that his media outlets, destroyed by a fire September 18
(ref B), will be up and running again by that time. End
comment.
MEECE

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