Campaigning for the presidential, legislative and local elections, scheduled for Dec. 20, officially began Sunday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
KINSHASA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Campaigning for the presidential, legislative and local elections scheduled for Dec. 20 officially began Sunday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Twenty-six candidates for the presidential elections have been registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), including President Felix Tshisekedi, who is seeking reelection.
In a press release published Saturday in Kinshasa, CENI President Denis Kadima called on candidates to respect the laws and good electoral practices during the month-long campaigning.
"The CENI calls on candidates for responsibility and tolerance during the 30 days of the electoral campaign. This is the time for each candidate to bond with their voters, to prepare and organize the voting and counting operations by their witnesses," he stressed.
President Felix Tshisekedi decided to launch his campaign Sunday in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, where thousands of his supporters gathered in the martyrs' stadium.
Also on Sunday, Tshisekedi's main opponent, Moise Katumbi, former governor of Katanga province who also heads an opposition coalition, chose the northeast city of Kisangani to start his campaign. ■