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AU calls for holdup of final DRC poll results

Written by: George Kalisa
Friday, January 18th, 2019, 10:54

The African Union (AU) January17 called for the suspension of the release of the final results of December30, 2018 disputed election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) citing "serious doubts" in the provisional results that the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) announced last week.


The high-level meeting attended by Heads of State and government plus leaders of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) among others was chaired by the AU Chairperson and President of Rwanda, H.E Paul Kagame in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.    


"The Heads of State and Government attending the meeting concluded that there were serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results, as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the votes cast," said the AU statement.  


“Accordingly, the Heads of State and Government called for the suspension of the proclamation of the final results of the elections,” added AU.


The AU dispatched a team that will establish facts that will be a basis for the next step in the pursuance of peace in the mineral rich African nation that has hosted turmoil and unrest for about five decades.


“The Heads of State and Government agreed to urgently dispatch to the DRC a high-level delegation comprising the Chairperson of the Union and other Heads of State and Government, as well as the Chairperson of the AU Commission, to interact with all Congolese stakeholders, with the view to reaching a consensus on a way out of the post-electoral crisis in the country. The meeting urged all concerned actors in the DRC to interact positively with the high-level African delegation in the interest of their country and its people,” added the statement.


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.


Martin Fayulu Madidi, the first runners up garnered 6.4 million votes accounting for 34.8 per cent 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.


Fayulu, the opposition coalition candidate immediately contested the CENI results describing them as “electoral coup”.


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.    


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