WATCH: UN Security Council urges peaceful transition in DRC

The UN Security Council is urging Democratic Republic of Congo's rival political parties and the institutions organising December's elections to ensure peaceful and credible voting and a democratic transition of power.

The UN's most powerful body issued a statement on Monday welcoming recent steps in the electoral process, including President Joseph Kabila's "respect for his commitment to abide by the Congolese Constitution" and not seek a third term.

Council members urged all involved to ensure the elections occur in conditions "of transparency, credibility and inclusivity."

They said respect for fundamental rights and maintaining the electoral timeline are essential for peaceful elections on December 23.

The council encouraged the electoral commission to ensure that any request for logistical and technical support for the elections from the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC "is made on time."

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook