Provisional results from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) long-delayed presidential electioncould be pushed back past Sunday’s deadline, the country’s electoral commission has said, as ballots trickle in and tensions prevail over the vote count.
As of Wednesday, three days after the election, counting centres had received just 17 percent of the tally sheets drawn up by individual polling stations, the president of the CENI electoral commission, Corneille Nangaa, said.
“We are working around the clock. We are doing our best to publish the results on January 6. But if we can’t, we can’t,” Nangaa told AFP news agency, without mentioning the reason for the delays.
Election monitors from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said the December 30 vote “went relatively well” despite chaotic scenes that prevented many from voting.
The crucial election is meant to lead to DRC’s first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence.
But more than a million Congolese in three opposition strongholds were unable to votedue to an Ebola outbreak, security concerns, local factional conflict and various logistical problems.
A spokesman for Felix Tshisekedi, one of the two opposition candidates, said he doesn’t mind when the results are published as long as they are an honest reflection of the vote.
”I doubt it will be Sunday, because some corners of the country have not transmitted their results, but I can’t speak for the commission,” Vital Kamerhe told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa.
“Whether it’s on Sunday or Monday, Tuesday, we don’t mind. What we want are results published that reflect the truth of the ballot boxes, that is the most important thing,” he added.
SOURCE: Ajazeera and other news sources