The Faith-Based Community’s Role in Congo’s Electoral Process

National Endowment for Democracy

1025 F St NW

8th floor

Washington, DC

November 10, 2015

2:00 P.M. ET

Event Summary

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is preparing for an unprecedented electoral cycle that may culminate in its first peaceful and democratic transfer of power since independence. Congo’s leading religious leaders, through the Commission for Integrity and Electoral Mediation (Commission d’Intégrité et de Médiation Electorale, CIME), have an important role to play in this process. The recent restructuring of the country’s provinces has exacerbated the complexity involved in organizing the upcoming elections. In light of these challenges, please join us for a discussion with civic and religious leaders on ways the DRC’s faith-based community can contribute to the success of these elections.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM

9:00 a.m.
WELCOME

9:10 a.m.
INTRODUCTIONS

9:30 – 11:15 a.m.
PANEL ONE: The Faith-Based Community’s Role in Educating Citizens and Monitoring the Elections

11:15- 11:30
BREAK

11:30-12:45 p.m.
PANEL TWO: Strategies for Preventing and Mitigating Electoral Fraud and Violence

12:45 p.m.
LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The importance of ensuring DRC’s first democratic alternation of power

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
CONCLUSION