Mr Reynders told journalists that “It is positive that the elections are taking place. The elections should originally have been held in 2016, but were postponed until 2017 and then the end of 2018, when they were put back by yet another week. In some cities where the opposition is strong there won’t be elections until March. The official reason given is the Ebola epidemic and the violence there”.
Mr Reynders added that the chaotic way in which the elections have been conducted “is entirely the responsibility of the Congolese authorities” as they had refused help from abroad.
The Belgian Foreign Minister believes that it is up to the Congolese people to decide for themselves whether the election have been conducted “correctly” and their result can be considered to be “credible”. Mr Reynders stresses the important role played by the thousands of observers the Roman Catholic Church has appointed to follow the election process. The Congolese government had refused to allow international observers from Europe and the United States.