Swedish election observers to Democratic Republic of the Congo

Report
from Government of Sweden
Published on 17 Nov 2005
The Government decided today to send an election observer to the Democratic Republic of the Congo ahead of the referendum on a new constitution on 18 December. The election observer will be part of the EU mission that consists of 26 long-term observers.
The referendum is part of the process that will give the Democratic Republic of the Congo a popularly elected government for the first time in the country's history. Both parliamentary and presidential elections will be held during the spring of 2006.

"It is of the utmost importance that the referendum in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is free and fair. By sending an election observer Sweden can contribute to a transparent election process that we hope will strengthen democracy in the country," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jämtin.

Sweden's development cooperation with the Democratic Republic of the Congo amounts to between SEK 40 million and SEK 50 million a year. In addition, Sweden contributes SEK 110 million in humanitarian aid via the UN system and support to NGOs active in the country.

Contact:

John Zanchi, Press Secretary, +46 8 405 59 39, +46 70 2602664, john.zanchi@foreign.ministry.se

Christian Carlsson, Press Officer, +46 8 405 58 80, +46 70 257 56 56, christian.carlsson@foreign.ministry.se

Sofia Hercules, Desk Officer, Africa Department, +46 8 405 39 87