several election rallies of opposition parties have been banned and disrupted in Congo-Brazzaville since the opening of the election campaign on March 5, observers reported.
"Since the launch of the election campaign, President Mathias Dzon, candidate of UPRN / ARD on tour in the north of the congo has seen his meeting banned in the city of Ouesso.
For his part, the candidate Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas of UDH-YUKI was prevented from going to the sangha department where he should start his campaign.
So far the great leaders of the opposition, candidate for the presidential election, continue to face the worst difficulties to beat campaign as the law allows"
Another rallies of opposition leaders grouped within the political platform IDC-FROCAD was banned in Brazzaville.
The campaign will be suspended on March 16 to allow the first round of voting on March 17 for the security forces and the army and will resume from 18 to March 20 before the vote on March 21 for the civilian population.
Seven presidential candidates are vying for the presidency, including opponents Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas, Mathias Dzon and President Denis Sassou N'Guesso, who will run for a fourth term.
He has been in power since 1997. He was re-elected in 2009 and 2016 after contested elections. A constitutional revision of October 2015 allows him to run for re-election in this presidential election.