2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Audit of DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received an overall electoral fairness score of3.75 percent. The scores means that the constitutional and legislative basis for Congolese democracy is bordering on complete unfairness. The FDA auditors reached consensus in all four sections of electoral fairness. The only identified elements of electoral fairness were the legislative basis for multi-political parties and freedom of voter choice. However, these elements are canceled out by significant elements of electoral unfairness. In all four of the electoral fairness sections, the Congolese state has shut off switches: the state can shut down media companies; the state can dissolve political parties; the state can dissolve political parties for violation of electoral finances; the state can silence voter say and expression on grounds of public order or morality. In addition, the Congolese media ownership concentration laws are canceled by the lack of transparency of media ownership. The Congolese electoral finance laws are canceled out by the lack of public transparency of political parties finances. The state uses the vague terms of public order and morality to restrict freedom of expression and assembly, media ownership, and registration of political parties. In the FDA’s opinion, the Congolese electoral system is authoritarian within a muddle, insignificant constitutional, electoral, and media laws which appear to exist only to satisfy international donors.

 

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