31 million voting cards for Congo

28 Jun 2009

UNDP and the Independent Electoral Commission of Congo (IEC) received the third and final batch of 12,760,000 voting cards at Kinshasa airport.

The delivery weighed 100 tons and it completed a total of 31 million voting cards that will be used for the voter registry’s update after being deployed in 2,118 registration centers throughout the country. The operation started on 7 June in 143 centers around the province of Kinshasa.

The voter registry update represents the first step toward DRC's local election. The operation is organised by the IEC with the assistance of the UNDP Support Project to Electoral Cycle (PACE) and the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC). It aims to register those who did not enroll in 2005, in addition to the voters who have reached the age minimum or will have reached that age by 1 July 2011, when the next presidential and general elections are scheduled to take place. The IEC estimates that 6 million new voters will be registered and offered a tamper-proof card that is also a valid ID card. The registry update will also allow voters who changed residence to register their new address in order to be able to vote in their new constituency, as well as offering the opportunity for those who have lost their voting card to be issued with a duplicate.

Speaking at the launch of the registry update in Kinshasa, Ross Mountain, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and UNDP Resident Representative said he was delighted about the delivery: “this is a very important step towards the democratisation process in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one that is accomplished before the local elections that will root this democratic process within the community”.

UNDP, through its Support Project to the Electoral Cycle (PACE) and together with MONUC, assists the IEC in the organisation or electoral operations towards the 2011 presidential and general elections.