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    Cameroon: DRC Electoral Commission Rejects International Offer to Audit Electoral Roll, Raising Concerns of Fraud and Undemocratic Processes in Upcoming Presidential Election.

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    Yaounde, Cameroon – (African Boulevard News) – In what is being seen as a blow to transparency and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has turned down an international offer to audit the country’s electoral roll.

    This move comes as the DRC prepares for a presidential election in 2023, after years of political unrest and instability. The African Union and the United Nations were among four organizations that had offered to help audit the electoral roll, but the CENI instead called for expressions of interest from local and international organizations.

    The decision by the CENI has been met with criticism from local civil society organizations, who believe that an international audit would have added credibility to the upcoming election and ensured that the electoral roll is accurate and free from fraud.

    Francois Patuel, a West and Central Africa researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement: “The CENI’s refusal to accept an international audit of the electoral roll raises serious concerns about the transparency and credibility of the upcoming presidential election. It is imperative that the election is free, fair and transparent, and this can only be achieved through an independent and impartial auditing process.”

    The decision by the CENI also comes amid allegations of voter suppression and intimidation in the DRC, with opposition groups accusing the government of trying to prevent them from participating in the election. Last month, the DRC’s constitutional court rejected an appeal by opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who had been barred from running in the election.

    The CENI has defended its decision, stating that it wants to ensure that the audit process is conducted in a transparent and impartial manner. In a statement, the commission said: “We are committed to ensuring that the upcoming election is free, fair and transparent, and we believe that an independent and impartial audit of the electoral roll is essential to achieving this goal. We welcome expressions of interest from both local and international organizations.”

    However, the decision by the CENI has raised concerns about the potential for electoral fraud in the DRC, and whether the upcoming election will be truly democratic. With tensions already high in the country, the need for a transparent and fair election is more important than ever.

    As the DRC prepares to head to the polls next year, the eyes of the world will be watching to see whether the election is conducted in a manner that reflects the will of the people.

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