On Wednesday, 15 September 2021, the two houses of Parliament opened the ordinary session in September. At the National Assembly, the President Christophe Mboso N’Kodia showed the determination of the national deputies to avoid to the Nation the delay in the holding of the next elections.
To this end, he suggested that the lower house of parliament would grant urgency to laws related to elections and the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). The go has been given for an ordinary parliamentary session, but which may have nothing in common with regard to the political issues of the day.
The day of Wednesday, September 15, was dedicated to the double ceremony of the closure of the delayed March session, in accordance with Article 144 of the Constitution, due to the declaration of the state of siege in North Kivu and Ituri, and to the opening of the new session.
Starting in a political context marked by an impasse in the appointment of the future leaders of the CENI, this session will have to focus on the enterinement of the said leaders and the continuation of the electoral reforms initiated during the last session.
“ At the close of this session, little time will separate us from new elections expected. The awareness of this reality should prompt us to complete, as soon as possible, the process of ratification of the members of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the vote of laws that constitute essential tools for the work of the electoral center. It is up to each actor at all levels to play his role properly so that the elections are held within the constitutional deadline”, said Christophe Mboso N’kodia in his opening speech.
To sensitize all stakeholders to take their duties seriously, he said that “the National Assembly will fulfill its role, which is to endorse the members of the CENI proposed by the various components in accordance with the organic law that governs this matter.”
This, said the Speaker of the lower house of parliament, to avoid to the nation the delay in the holding of the next elections and escape the attacks tending to hold the Institutions for a possible postponement of the electoral deadlines.