AU calls for delaying DRC elections result fearing violence may erupt

Announcement of the final election results in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be delayed fearing violence could escalate between supporters of Martin Fayulu and Fekux Tshisekedi.

African Union heads of state and DRC government met Thursday in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. In a press statement the bloc raised doubts on the conformity of the results and so urged for the suspension of the disputed presidential election results.

The statement reads, “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.”

Meanwhile, the electoral commission lately declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi as winner and chief rival Martin Fayulu said electoral coup forged in backroom dealings with outgoing president Joseph Kabila.

DRC went into presidential polls on December 30 and Kabila had been in power since 2001. Fayulu has challenged the provisional results in court and legal action is due to rule later this month.

AU chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said violence eruption is a cause for concern even though the situation so far has been calm in the country.

Fayulu tweeted a thank to the bloc for the efforts in favor of truth.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) lately called for the recount of vote.

Paul Linus