Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Church urges 'truth' in DR Congo election results

Church urges 'truth' in DR Congo election results

The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) called on the country's election panel to publish the "truth", saying it knows who won the delayed presidential election.

Citing the possibility of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, US president Donald Trump has deployed 80 troops with "appropriate equipment" and aircraft to the nearby Gabon, he informed Congress in a letter.

Trump's letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says about 80 military personnel and "appropriate combat equipment" deployed to nearby Gabon to support the security of USA citizens and staffers and diplomatic facilities in Congo.

Government spokesperson Lambert Mende, confirming that RFI's broadcasts had been cut off in all of Congo's cities, said that Kinshasa would not "let a radio station throw petrol on the flames at a time when we are waiting for the compilation of the provisional results".

Trump's letter says more military personnel will deploy as needed to Gabon, Congo or neighboring Republic of Congo.

"The EU joins calls from the African Union election monitoring mission and the AU commission chairman, among others, to ensure the upcoming results conform with the Congolese people's vote", the statement said.

He added that the first batch of troops arrived in the Central African country on Wednesday and additional forces could be sent "if necessary".

The SADC's qualified endorsement countered allegations by opposition candidates that the December 30 vote was marred by widespread irregularities and criticism by a senior US lawmaker that the election was "neither free nor fair".

The final results of the ballot - the country's first multi-party elections since 1960 - are due on January 15 amid fears of violence.

Congolese Edmontonians are voicing their concerns over a government crackdown on electronic communications as they await election results in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Nangaa said CENCO's declaration violated electoral law and a code of conduct signed by poll monitors that gives the electoral commission, CENI, alone the authority to announce results.

The DRC's minister for higher education, Steve Mbikayi, on Friday said the country's universities would reopen on January 14 after the year-end break, a week later than scheduled, because of election tensions.

In response, the electoral commission accused the Church on Friday of "preparing an insurrection" by declaring that it knew the victor of the election.

People wait to vote at Katendere polling station in Goma on 30 December 30, 2018, during Democratic Republic of Congo's general elections.

But after 18 years in power, critics say, Kabila is determined to hang on by securing a win for his chosen candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

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