Congo opposition slams 'election fraud'

2012-08-06 16:29
 voter casts his ballot at a polling station in the Ouenze district of Brazzaville during the second round of legislative elections. (Guy-Gervais Kitina, AFP)

voter casts his ballot at a polling station in the Ouenze district of Brazzaville during the second round of legislative elections. (Guy-Gervais Kitina, AFP)

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Brazzaville - The Republic of Congo's main opposition party on Monday charged that the legislative election run-off was marred by fraud and irregularities.

"Yesterday's vote witnessed the same fraud and irregularities that marked the previous round of voting" on 15 July, Martin Kimpo, national secretary of the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), said.

He accused the ruling Congolese Labour Party (PCT) of robbing his party of as many seats as possible to prevent it from reaching the threshold for a parliamentary group.

"The regime will have a free hand to achieve its goal of amending the constitution in order to allow [President] Denis Sassou Nguesso to run again in 2016," he said.

In the 15 July first round, the PCT took 57 of the 69 seats that were won outright, with another 10 going to its allies and just one to the opposition and another to an independent candidate.

Only 67 seats in the 136-seat assembly remained to be decided on Sunday.

The oil-rich central African country has been open to multiparty politics since 1991 but wracked by two civil wars in which Sassou Nguesso, an army colonel who first came to power in 1979, played a prominent role.

Sassou Nguesso, 68, has ruled the country for 28 years already.

The electoral commission said on Sunday it had to go through many incident reports and would release results within three days.

- SAPA
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