The National Bishops' Conference of Congo (CENCO) and the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) invite all stakeholders to the electoral process, especially candidates to participate in the ecumenical cults they recommend to organize for peace wherever it is possible through the country, Saturday, December 29, 2018, according to a joint statement read by the Secretary General of CENCO, Fr. Donatien Nshole, in the presence of the spokesman of the ECC, Pastor Eric Senga at the Inter-diocesan Center to Gombe.
Strong of the conviction that "if the Lord does not build the house, it is in vain that the builders struggle", these two structures of the religious confessions hold to organize these ecumenical cults for fair, credible and appeased elections.
For this purpose, they call on political leaders, especially the President of the Republic, to make an urgent and public appeal to their supporters, inviting them to do not use iolence and other candidates at different levels to cultivate the democratic spirit of democracy of elegant acceptance of the election results and, in the event of a legitimate challenge, to do so by legal means and not by incitement to violence.
The communiqué of the CENCO and the ECC recommends to the CENI to make every effort so that the date of December 30, 2018 is imperatively respected in order to finish in a beautiful way the year 2018 and to start the year 2019 with the hope for better days.
As a result, they encourage the technical election body to keep its promise to facilitate access to observers and witnesses at the polling stations and at the results Compilation Local Centers (CLCC).
Finally, they encourage the Congolese people to work for the peace and unity of the Nation and to massively participate and actively in the polls. This communiqué is signed by Mgr. Marcel Utembi, President of CENCO and Archbishop of Kisangani, and Reverend André Bokundoa, President of ECC.