DRC: the USA disburses an additional 13 million dollars for the elections in 2023

The United States of America announced this Tuesday, September 6, 2022, additional funding of $13 million for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This sum is in addition to the envelope of 10.65 million USD already granted to Kinshasa as Washington’s contribution to the holding of the desired transparent, credible and inclusive elections in 2023.

“This amount includes $6 million, $2 million from USAID’s Elections and Political Processes Fund, $3 million from USAID’s Complex Crises Fund, and $1 million in new funds from the Regional Crisis Fund. Democracy in Africa of the Department of State, and will support international and local observation of the 2023 presidential and legislative elections in the DRC by trained, non-partisan observers,” reads a USAID statement.

For Washington, the dissemination of accurate and timely reports on the DRC’s electoral process, by independent and objective observers, will allow citizens to understand, participate in and trust their elections.

In addition, the Biden administration welcomes the commitment of Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi, “reinforced during the democracy summit, to organize the elections on time and his invitation to election observers”.

The United States also announces that it has committed an additional $7 million to strengthen voter education, support inclusive and peaceful electoral processes, fight misinformation, and provide technical assistance in preparation for the 2023 elections in the DRC. These funds are in addition to the existing $9 million under USAID’s DRC Electoral Integrity Project.

The country organizes, in 2023, the presidential elections for the succession of Felix Tshisekedi. The latter, himself a candidate, had taken the head of the DRC in early 2019 after a long electoral process repeatedly postponed and prolonged.

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