Thursday, December 1, 2011

DRC's electoral system receives 3.75 percent score out of 100 percent

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received an overall electoral fairness score of 3.75 percent. The scores means that the constitutional and legislative basis for DRC democracy is bordering pn 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 in who they vote for. However, these elements are canceled by significant elements of electoral unfairness. In all four of the electoral fairness sections, the DRC 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 DRC's media ownership concentration laws are canceled by the lack of transparency of media ownership. The DRC's 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 DRC electoral system is authoritarian within a muddle, insignificant constitutional, electoral, and media laws which appear to exist only to satisfy international donors. (Democratic reform including multi-party elections is a requisite for mobilizing financial assistance. (Source: Africa Today 56:4 (Summer 2010), 52.))

The FDA Global Electoral Fairness Report on the DRC will be published shortly.

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