Congo government yet to reveal who won presidential election Dec. 30
KINSHASA, CONGO—Congo’s government Sunday postponed the release of the results of last weekend’s presidential election, fuelling suspicions President Joseph Kabila’s ruling party is trying to cling to power.
No date for announcing the winner of the Dec. 30 election was given. Electoral officials have compiled 53 per cent of the votes and will not release any information until all the ballots have been tallied, said Corneille Nangaa, head of the electoral commission.
Kabila, stepping down after 18 years in power, had delayed the election for two years. The postponement in announcing the winner was seen by some Congolese as part of an effort by Kabila’s party to manipulate the results in order to claim victory.
The Catholic Church turned up the pressure by saying it already knows there is a clear victor, based on data compiled by the church’s 40,000 election observers.
Congo’s ruling party, which backs Kabila’s preferred candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, called the church’s statement “irresponsible and anarchist.”
The leading opposition candidate is Martin Fayulu, a businessman and lawmaker.
For the past week, the government An exhausted electoral official rests as results are tallied for the election.
cut off internet access across the country to prevent any speculation on social media about who won.
The government has also blocked transmissions from Radio France International, alleged to have speculated on
the winner, and revoked the press credentials of RFI’s correspondent.