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DR Congo election chief sworn in amid controversy

The Head of the Electoral Commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sworn in amid controversy over his nomination.

Denis Kadima will now be the President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), with the task conducting the next elections by 2023.

Six out of eight religious groups voted for Mr Kadima while the Catholic church and the largest Protestant group, the ECC, opposed it on grounds that the nomination process was irregular.

The DR Congo parliament approved Mr Kadima’s nomination on 16 October despite the lack of consensus by the religious groups.

BBC says President Félix Tshisekedi had confirmed the appointment of Mr Kadima and 12 members of the commission, despite the dispute.

Three members expected to represent the opposition have not yet been appointed.

But Mr Tshisekedi said he was optimistic that they would join the team.

Members of the electoral body must come from the parties represented in the National Assembly and from the civil society, in line with the law.

Editing by Adeniyi Bakare