‘Major’ irregularities with DR Congo vote count: Poll observers

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‘Major’ irregularities with DR Congo vote count: Poll observers

An observer mission to Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election said it had witnessed 52 “major” irregularities in the 101 vote-counting centres it observed, including people tampering with results.

There are 179 counting centres currently tallying the vote across Congo.

The report released on Tuesday by Congo-based SYMOCEL said 16 percent of vote counting centres it had observed relied on tallies transmitted by voting machines instead of hand-counted tallies as required by law.

It also said 92 percent of the vote-counting centres it had observed did not post vote tally sheets outside as required by law.

Meanwhile, an opposition party said its leader was the “presumed winner” of the December 30 poll adding that Felix Tshisekedi has had contact with departing President Joseph Kabila “to prepare a peaceful and civilized transfer of power”.

Kabila adviser Kikaya Bin Karubi, however, on Tuesday denied any such contact.

The statements by UDPS party secretary-general Jean-Marc Kabund appeared to go against electoral regulations that say only Congo’s electoral commission can announce election results.

The UDPS also warned that the commission could be delaying the announcement of the December 30 election results in a bid to manipulate the outcome.

The electoral commission on Sunday delayed it indefinitely.

A spokesman for the ruling coalition rejected the accusation, asking “Why would we have to steal?”.

Meanwhile, Zambian presidency said in a statement on Tuesday President Edgar Lungu is traveling to South Africa on Tuesday for an “urgent consultative meeting” with President Cyril Ramaphosa about DR Congo’s presidential election.

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