Independent National Electoral Commission (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

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CENI Headquarters in Kinshasa

The Independent National Electoral Commission (French: Commission Électorale Nationale Indépendante or CENI) is the body that runs elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A CENI election official speaks to the Voice of America

This organization was tasked with executing the country's 2016 general election. However, it delayed the election until 2018 "because the number of voters isn’t known."[1] The country's political opposition has alleged that the country's president Joseph Kabila is trying to remain in power after his constitutionally mandated term expires.[2]

CENI's bank accounts are held at the BGFIBank Group.[3] It held US$55 million as of May 2016.[3] The same month, it borrowed an additional US$25 million from the BFGIBank,[3] with $2.4 million in fees.[4] According to Le Monde, the 2016 presidential elections were postponed on the grounds that the CENI lacked sufficient funds to register voters.[3]

CENI's president is Corneille Nangaa.[4]


  1. ^ Wilson, Thomas; Mbatha, Amogelgang (29 September 2016). "Congo Election Body Proposes Two-Year Wait for Presidential Vote". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ "DR Congo election: 17 dead in anti-Kabila protests". BBC News. BBC. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Mannier, Xavier (December 22, 2016). "Jean-Jacques Lumumba, banquier congolais exilé et dénonciateur du système Kabila". Le Monde. Retrieved December 23, 2016. La BGFI est en effet une banque très politique qui héberge notamment les comptes de la Commission électorale nationale et indépendante (CENI). C’est cette institution qui, faute de moyens pour recenser l’électorat, a demandé au président de reporter l’élection présidentielle aux calendes grecques et fournit à la majorité présidentielle l’argumentaire pour que Joseph Kabila se maintienne au pouvoir après l’expiration de son mandat, ce 19 décembre.
  4. ^ a b Kavanagh, Michael; Wild, Franz; Wilson, Thomas (November 1, 2016). "Congo Election Body Said to Pay Millions to Kabila-Tied Bank". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 23, 2016.

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