Africa

Congo opposition urges on-time polls, electoral body review

Dozens of Congo opposition leaders are calling for elections to take place on time in November and for a review of the electoral commission, which says it needs more time.

The head of the main opposition party, Etienne Tshisekedi, led a meeting in Brussels that on Friday also called for the international community to support the opposition's call for free and fair elections.

Main opposition candidate Moise Katumbi had representatives at the meeting. Two other major parties were not present.

The opposition fears elections will be postponed to keep President Joseph Kabila in power beyond his mandate.

National Assembly President Aubin Minaku denounced the calls Friday, saying the government is respecting the constitution.

The electoral commission's president has said electoral registration revisions could take more than a year.