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Elections too Expensive for DRC

Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia said the cost of organising the poll, which was said to be $1.8bn (£1.5bn), was too expensive.

Last year the government and the opposition agreed that new elections would be held by the end of 2017.

Elections in DR Congo are often controversial. Last year, protests against moves to delay the presidential poll resulted in at least 50 deaths.

To read the article titled, “DR Congo election: 'We cannot afford $1.8bn cost', says minister” click here

Namibia’s SWAPO Leads Preliminary Poll Results

According to a second round of preliminary results, Namibia's ruling party looks set for a sixth straight election victory.
 
With slightly more than half of votes counted, the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) party - in power since 1990 - was leading the polls with 77 percent.
 
The Electoral Commission of Namibia has released the first round of preliminary data putting SWAPO in the lead with slightly more than 66 percent of the vote.
 

African Youth Not Interested in Elections - AU

African Union’s (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says the union is worried about the growing trend of unconcern towards electoral processes among young people in democracies across Africa.  
 
Speaking at a gala dinner to mark the 160th anniversary of Adams College, Dlamini-Zuma states that it is essential for young people in Africa to become active in shaping the future they are to inherit.
 
She has encouraged the youth to participate in elections and policy development initiatives aswell as to hold their governments accountable.
 

​Voters Slam Food Parcels During Election Campaigns

A research report shows that voters, particularly in poor communities, believe that the handing out of food parcels during elections campaigns amounts to vote buying.
 
This month Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the distribution of food parcels in 2009 by Julius Malema, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, was an abuse of state resources.
 

Campaign to Encourage Youth to Vote

In Zimbabwe, a coalition of youth organisations has launched the ‘First Time Voters Campaign’ or ‘X1G’, a campaign aimed at encouraging young people to participate in the country’s elections.

The organisations say the ‘X1G’ will be a deciding factor in Zimbabwe’s next polls, expected by June 2013.

Head of the National Youth Development Trust, Liberty Bhebhe, one of the eight organisations behind the X1G campaign, says X1G, which is about fighting voter apathy, is targeting at least one million youths to register as voters.

IEC Approves Electoral Timetable

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has approved and gazetted the electoral timetable in Pretoria.

The timetable details the electoral process for the countdown to May 18, is legally binding on all participants in the elections.
In the same, IEC chief executive, Pansy Tlakula, says voters living in the eight metropolitan councils will get two ballot papers.

Tlakula says voters will vote for the ward candidate of their choice and the second vote would be for the party.

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