Fayulu’s chances to reclaim victory slim as Kabila’s party wins national assembly
Written by: George Kalisa
Saturday, January 12th, 2019, 3:54
President Joseph Kabila’s ruling party, the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) has Saturday been declared the winner of both the national assembly and provincial elections by the Congolese Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
The victory comes days after opposition coalition candidate Martin Fayulu Madidi had announced plans to contest the December30, 2018 Presidential election results announced by CENI on January10 in the Constitutional Court.
Felix Tshisekedi, 55, son of veteran opposition Chief Etienne Tshisekedi won the highly disputed election and replaces President Joseph Kabila who has ruled the mineral rich central African nation since his father Laurent Kabila was assassinated.
According to the vote results announced by Corneille Nangaa the president of Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) today Tshisekedi got 38.57 percent accounting for more than seven million votes. The voter turnout was more than 18 million ballots cast.
Fayulu, the first runners up garnered 6.4 million votes while Kabila’s handpicked candidate and flag bearer for the ruling party, the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary finished in the third position with 4.4 million votes.
The Catholic Church which deloyed some 40,000 election observers had claimed to know the real winner of the DRC Presidential election much earlier before CENI announced its results. The Church says its records are different from what CENI announced. The diplomats in DRC had said that Fayulu won the election.
President-elect Felix Tshisekendi
DRC has for the first time since it gained independence from the Belgians in 1960 seen a democratic transfer of power. The vast mineral rich African nation has hosted dictatorship and political unrest for over five decades.