The United States government announced an additional $3 million to support transparent, credible and inclusive political processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This $3 million includes $2 million from USAID’s Elections and Political Processes Fund and $1 million in new funding from the Department of State’s Africa Regional Democracy Fund, supporting international and local observation of the 2023 presidential and legislative elections in the DRC by qualified, impartial observers.
Timely and accurate reporting on the electoral process in the DRC by independent, impartial observers will help citizens understand, participate in and rely on their elections. The Biden-Harris administration welcomes President Tshisekedi’s commitment, which he reinforced at the Democracy Summit, to hold elections on time, and welcomes his invitation to election monitors. Support for strengthened elections and political processes will contribute to freer, fairer and more inclusive elections in the DRC and will further foster a culture of democratic electoral reform.
The United States will continue to support the DRC’s Independent National Electoral Commission and Civil Society Organizations through November 2024 through USAID’s DRC Election Integrity Activity. observation and analysis. USAID also supports civil society organizations to provide civic education and strengthen the participation of women, youth and marginalized communities in electoral processes, and will support civil society and the media in their efforts to raise awareness and misinformation about electoral and political processes to counteract.
The United States will continue to work with the Congolese people as it prepares to participate in transparent, credible and inclusive elections to select its national leaders.
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