Democratic Republic of Congo rejected on Friday an African Union demand to delay announcing final results from its presidential election, compounding the turmoil surrounding a vote that many fear could fan widespread unrest, reuter news agency reports.
African Union’s had called for authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) not to announce final results from recent presidential elections, citing “serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results,” Freedom House issued the following statement:
“We commend the African Union for its assertive engagement in the DRC electoral process given mounting concerns about the validity of provisional results,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “The African Union has in the past been reluctant to question election results, but in this instance the organization’s intervention is amply justified to defend the integrity of the voting process in the DRC and the principle of free and fair elections, and to advance democracy across Africa. The delegation set to travel to DRC should ensure that the final election results reflect the will of the Congolese people, who showed strong commitment to democratic principles through their participation in the election process.”
Provisional results announced last week showed a shock victory for opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi. But Fayulu requested a recount, saying he had won with over 60 percent of the vote and that Tshisekedi was announced victor only after striking a deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila.