DRC elections: Don't deprive Congolese of their fundamental human right

DR Congo election Results'may be delayed as ballots trickle

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is urging Congo's election commission to ensure that presidential election results "reflect the will of the Congolese people" as concerns grow about possible unrest.

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"Now more than ever the Congolese people need assurance that the authorities are genuinely committed to the respect for human rights and allowing people to access information from diverse sources and communicate freely is a key part of that".

The electoral commission had been scheduled to publish provisional results on Sunday but it said on Wednesday that could be delayed because counting centres are still waiting for more than 80 per cent of local vote tallies.

CENCO secretary-general Donatien Nshole had said on Thursday that church tallies showed a clear victor in the election, which was widely interpreted as a warning against manipulating the results.

The US military has deployed soldiers to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after its presidential election.

A SADC official said they would wait for those responsible for the elections to make the announcement and urge those who feel otherwise to follow the laid down procedure of airing their grievances.

Internet services in Congo, however, were cut off the day after the election in an apparent effort by the government to prevent social media speculation about the results.




Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after a turbulent election day on Sunday in which many Congolese were unable to vote due to an Ebola outbreak, conflict and logistical problems.

Leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has not commented.

"Tensions were mounting while the CENI tabulated the results, notably in light of posturing by parties and candidates", Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, told the meeting, according to the internal report.

The United States demanded that "accurate" election results be released and called on the DRC authorities to remove restrictions on internet access.

Elections held last Sunday will determine who succeeds President Joseph Kabila, at the helm of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest country for almost 18 years.

He later told a news conference that election officials had collected about 20% of the results needed and that results from all 73,000 voting stations would then be consolidated. The Church on Saturday answered allegations by the electoral commission that it was hoping to stoke an "insurrection".

No Western election observers were invited to watch the vote, which was meant to occur in late 2016, after Congo's government was annoyed at worldwide pressure amid concerns that Kabila was trying to stay in power.

Trump said additional forces may be deployed to Gabon, the DRC, or the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, if necessary, with the first batch totalling 80 troops.

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