Democratic Republic of the Congo general election, 2018
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General elections were originally scheduled to be held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 27 November 2016 to determine a successor to President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Joseph Kabila. According to the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the second and final term of President Kabila will expire on 20 December.
The 500 members of the National Assembly are elected by two methods; 60 are elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting, and 440 are elected from 109 multi-member constituencies by open list proportional representation, with seats allocated using the largest remainder method.
On 29 September 2016, the nation's electoral authority announced that the election would not be held until early 2018. According to the electoral commission's vice president, the commission "hasn’t called elections in 2016 because the number of voters isn’t known." This announcement came ten days after deadly protests in Kinshasa against the rule of President Kabila which killed 17 people. The country's political opposition alleges that President Kabila had intentionally delayed the polls to remain in power.
- Global electoral calendar NDI
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- Democratic Republic of the Congo IFES
- Electoral system IPU
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