DRC Electoral System Advisory

Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral system receives low grade in global study

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential and parliamentary electoral system received an overall score of 3.75 per cent for electoral fairness in a global study conducted by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA), a non-partisan organization that advances fair and transparent democratic processes. Areas of analysis in the study include fairness in electoral spending, equality of voter say, equality of candidate and party influence and equality of media coverage. A group of diverse and non-partisan FDA electoral auditors rated each section out of 10 points in terms of fairness.

Key points gleaned from the study:

  • The DRC received an overall electoral fairness score of 3.75 percent. The constitutional and legislative basis for Congolese democracy is bordering on complete unfairness.
  • The Congolese state has various direct and indirect means of controlling the media and its content.
  • The Congolese state has significant control over political parties within the system.
  • Congolese voters who favor opposition parties have a significant electoral disadvantage through for example restrictions on freedom of expression as compared with voters who support pro-government political parties.
  • There is no public transparency of electoral finances.

Media contacts:

Stephen Garvey, Executive Director
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 669-8132
Email: stephen.garvey@democracychange.org

Zeb Qureshi, Director of Marketing
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 390-9750
Email: zeb.qureshi@democracychange.org

About the FDA:

The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (“FDA”)’s mission is to advance fair and transparent democratic processes wherever elections occur. The FDA believes that fairer electoral systems and a more informed public will help ensure the election of candidates who truly represent the will of the people. The FDA fulfills its mission by performing detailed electoral audits on political candidates and parties to inform the public, objectively and impartially, about their electoral choices. Also, the FDA audits electoral legislation in terms of fairness and equity, and conducts ground level assessments of democratic processes.

2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Report on the Congolese Electoral System

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