A demonstration organised by the opposition parties in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo was on Wednesday thwarted by the police.
Lamuka opposition party organised the protest calling for fairness and equal representation in the national electoral commission. The reform of the electoral commission was voted on by the National Assembly in June.
The opposition accused the national police of brutality repression towards a peaceful protest after eight people were arrested.
“We are demanding the depoliticisation of the CENI (independent national electoral commission) and the consensus around electoral reforms. We believe that the Sacred Union (platform of political forces acquired by Tshisekedi) which is the current majority in power wants to execute its plan of electoral conquest 2023,” a protester said.
“It’s a pity for this power which is driven by people who had fought for many years to have this state of law. It’s a pity that we can receive from Mr. Tshisekedi and his friends such oppression,” Adolphe Muzito, opposition members said.
The opposition leader Martin Fayulu warned the recent move by the parliament to initiate a new electoral system will lead to fraud in the 2023 elections.
On the other hand, the United Nations representative in the country, Bintou Keita, hopes the law will strengthen the commission’s depoliticisation, independence, and transparency of the electoral process.