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‘Let the people decide’. US warns Kabila against election delays

The DRC’s electoral commission gave notice on Sunday that delays in registering voters mean elections are unlikely this year.

FILE: DRC President Joseph Kabila. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Washington has threatened to slap punitive sanctions on anyone delaying elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Opposition activists are warning a failure to hold elections this year after President Joseph Kabila's constitutional mandate ran out last November would be an act of war.

Last September, the United States froze the assets of two senior officials in the Kabila’s government.

Then President Barack Obama was warning Kabila to respect the constitutional limit running out in two months’ time.

There were deadly clashes after the government declared the DRC could not afford to hold elections after Kabila decided to cling to power.

The DRC’s electoral commission gave notice on Sunday that delays in registering voters mean elections are unlikely this year.

President Donald Trump’s administration is issuing a similar warning to his predecessor’s, namely that Kabila must let the people decide.