KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Greater stability and national security are the main platforms expressed by Congolese candidates for presidential elections later this month.
Adolphe Muzito, the prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said national defense and public security were the primary campaign platforms of incumbent President Joseph Kabila.
The U.N. Security Council called on the DRC government to ensure the Nov. 28 election is open to the media and affords all participants with the opportunity for constructive political debate.
Recent DRC conflicts were linked to tensions between Kabila's People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress.
Conflict and sexual violence are endemic in the DRC. The Congolese National Police and members of the intelligence community were blamed for most of the violence, according to a recent U.N. report.
Opposition candidate Vital Kamerhe was quoted by The Guardian newspaper in London as saying his Union for the Congolese Nation was the party with real reforms in mind.
"If we are elected, we will put in place a joint international court to try and severely punish the perpetrators of rape and violence against women," he said.