Independent National Electoral Commission (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

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]


  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.

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