DRC run­ner-up asks court to or­der vote re­count

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

KINSHASA - Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo pres­i­den­tial run­ner-up Martin Fayulu con­firms that he has filed a court chal­lenge to the elec­tion re­sults ask­ing for a re­count.

The con­sti­tu­tional court has seven days to con­sider it.

Fayulu has al­leged a back­room deal be­tween the de­clared win­ner, op­po­si­tion leader Felix Tshisekedi, and Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila.

Fayulu tells re­porters the court chal­lenge in­cludes elec­tion re­sults forms posted out­side DRC’s polling sta­tions.

He says “you can’t man­u­fac­ture re­sults be­hind closed doors.” Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo pres­i­den­tial run­ner-up Martin Fayulu has ar­rived at the con­sti­tu­tional court to file a chal­lenge to the elec­tion re­sults, al­leg­ing fraud. The con­sti­tu­tional court has seven days to con­sider the chal­lenge.

Fayulu has al­leged a back­room deal be­tween the de­clared win­ner, op­po­si­tion leader Felix Tshisekedi, and Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila.

Fayulu’s coali­tion as­serts he won 61% of the vote ac­cord­ing to the Catholic Church’s 40 000 elec­tion ob­servers across the coun­try. Congo’s elec­toral com­mis­sion says he re­ceived 34 per­cent and Tshisekedi 38 per­cent.

The com­mis­sion’s pres­i­dent has said there are two op­tions: The of­fi­cial re­sults are ac­cepted or the elec­tion is an­nulled.

RE­COUNT: DRC pres­i­den­tial run­ner-up Martin Fayulu.

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