Elections are always a big deal, especially so when they are national in nature and for a big country like the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.
The government has made available logistical support for the elections body, CENI, to facilitate their efforts at organizing the December 23 elections which will be the first democratic handover of political power – all things being equal.
According to CENI, the government had availed means of transport to facilitate their operations across the country. CENI said it had taken delivery of 150 trucks, nine planes, and five helicopters.
The BBC, on the other hand, reported that 300 lorries, 10 planes, and 10 helicopters were handed over to CENI in the capital, Kinshasa.
The logistics are expected to help in the distribution of voting machines and ballot booths across the vast southern African nation.
The opposition parties last week marched in Kinshasa protesting the planned use of voting machines. They are pushing for the use of traditional ballot papers to avert rigging of the polls by the ruling party.
The ruling party’s candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary at a rally over the weekend spoke in glowing terms about the controversial machines. Election watchers say they will certainly be used for the vote.