Webinar: “2023 Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: What Lessons have been Learned from the Previous 2018 Election Cycle”, February 23 (Egmont, Belgium)

The European Network for Central Africa (EurAc) and the Royal Egmont Institute for International Relations are pleased to invite you to their next webinar on the theme “2023 Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: What Lessons have been Learned from the Previous 2018 Election Cycle”.

Speakers:
• Adolphe Baduda
• Onesphore Sematumba
• Ida Sawyer
• Renier Nijskens

Introductory remarks by Nina Wilen, Director of the Africa Program at the Egmont Institute for International Relations and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Lund University. Moderated by Thibaud Kurtz, advocacy officer at Agir Ensemble pour les Droits Humains, consultant in democratic governance and analyst in African geopolitics.

On January 24, 2019, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) began a new phase in its political history following presidential, national and provincial elections, finally held on December 30, 2018 after a controversial postponement. While this electoral process led to a transfer of power, the credibility of the results of these elections was greatly compromised because of many imperfections related mainly to the organization of the elections. Less than two years before the election scheduled for December 2023, the organization of elections in DR Congo raises many technical and logistical challenges, in a country that remains undermined by security challenges in the East, the lack of adequate infrastructure, insufficient financial resources, the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of consensus among stakeholders around the 2023 electoral cycle.

This event aims to provide a platform to discuss lessons learned from the 2018 election from the perspective of different stakeholders: local and international civil society as well as diplomatic representatives. Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying indicators to determine whether the ongoing process is going in the wrong direction. Finally, the event will propose concrete actions to avoid the mistakes of the previous electoral cycle.

Participants must register by February 18.

Learn more here.