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.
9:30 – 11:15 a.m.
PANEL ONE: The Faith-Based Community’s Role in Educating Citizens and Monitoring the Elections
PANEL TWO: Strategies for Preventing and Mitigating Electoral Fraud and Violence
LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The importance of ensuring DRC’s first democratic alternation of power
1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Senior Director for Africa, National Endowment for Democracy
Program Director for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Vice-Moderator, World Council of Churches
Deputy Secretary General, National Episcopal Conference of Congo
2nd Vice President, Eglise du Christ au Congo
Honorary Legal Representative, Muslim Community of Congo
Agir pour des Elections Apaisées et Transparentes
Executive Secretary, Independent National Electoral Commission
United Methodist Church of DRC, Vice President of the Commission on Integrity and Electoral Mediation
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, MONUSCO
U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the DRC