Is Congo’s political opposition lacking a “win-Win Strategy”?
What’s a Win-Win Strategy?
In conflict resolution, a win-win strategy is a resolution process that aims to accommodate all disputants. Win-Win is where both parties defeat as successful negotiators. That is both parties must agree on a starter point and to pass to a conclusion where they will both accept the final outcome and be happy with it.
Revision of the electoral Law
Let’s make a quick revision of the events. Lately, the Congolese constitution was revised, which resulted in an alteration from the electoral law. The new electoral law eliminates the run-off system furthermore allowing the candidate with the most votes (a plurality) to beat the presidency.
We found some comments following the days after the permission of the Congolese new electoral law.
“Over 200 resistance members ultimately walked out of the session in protest of the day’s proceedings.”
“Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo noted that a president elected with only 20 percent of the votes would not be at all representative of all Congolese people.”
“This year’s elections are estimated to cost roughly $700 million in counterpoint to those of 2006, which cost $500 million and were funded among over 90 percent contribution from the international community. Thus far, the international community has only donated $90 million to the 2011 process” stated Lambert Mende.
All three statements are valid
I. The move to alter the electoral law almost 1 year prior the election was iniquitous and very bad for Congo. It could endure been done 3 to 4 years earlier in method for all parties to formulate different winning strategies. The protesters were correct. This was a legality plot d’etat taking place.
II. Laurent Monsengwo assumption that Congo may end up with a President who is elected with 20% and such a President will not represent all the people is also correct. What if the President wins with 40%of the majority of votes? Is he considered a legitimate representative of the people’s will?
III. Two rounds of election will subsist ideal et al great for Congo. Paying $700 million isn’t too great including thoroughly foolish for a outland like DRC. A $700 million estimation tag will only make sense on condition that the election is being paid by the international community.
Now! We have together had all our share of rages about this law and the 2011 platform mind indeed take place. The opposition parties supposedly had a plan to win the election. That plan was to secure a unique candidate to represent the entire opposition. In other words, all opposition leaders agreed that presenting multiple opposition candidates might assure a win for Kabila. This is a good plan for the strife and the Congo in general as it answers some of the original concerns such as the one stated by Laurent Monsengwo and Lambert Mende.
Hold on! It’s a complicated affair.
The hustings will indeed take place on November 28th, 2011. We are 45 days away and the polarity inoperative doesn’t have a unique presidential candidate. Instead, we have 10 people badly divided. That is a great recipe for disaster, which shall definitely end up into a blaming game. Making enduring political concessions and align tardy one candidate is indeed doing great service to the universal of Congo. Granting you support the opposition, then you must spot that there is something substantially wrong in this approach. Congo’s opposition is lacking the means for a Win-Win strategy.