Foreign experts in DRC vote review
Kinshasa - Foreign experts have arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at a possible broader review of the November elections, which have been denounced as flawed by international observers.
The team from the US-based National Democratic Institute and International Foundation for Electoral Systems, which arrived on Wednesday, will meet electoral authorities, members of key political parties as well as national and international electoral observers during the three-week mission.
"The purpose of this mission is to discern whether it is possible to verify the election results through a broader review of the processes and to offer advice about what shape such an effort might take," NDI president Kenneth Wollack said in a statement.
The November 28 vote which handed President Joseph Kabila five more years in office sparked violent protests in the capital and was widely criticised by international monitors and the country's powerful church.
Kabila himself admitted that there were flaws although he rejected claims that the polls lacked credibility. His main rival, veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, last month declared himself president just days after Kabila took the oath of office.