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Foreign experts in DRC vote review

2012-01-05 19:31

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.

Comments
  • Guelord - 2012-01-06 09:52

    The United States said earlier this month that the elections were "seriously flawed", and urged the Congolese authorities to review the results openly and transparently. NDI president Kenneth Wollack should not introduce alternatives; the result was seriously flawed and needs to be investigated. DRC need people with integrity; the ability to stand on what is true Kabila and his followers must face the music

      chichi.kwazi - 2012-01-20 17:44

      Kabila did not have to cheat in order to win the elections. We all knew that if the opposition did not find a unique candidate to face Kabila, Kabila was going to win... Do not blame it on Kabila, but on Tshisekedi who was too stubborn. We should all stand behind Kabila to rebuild our beloved country. Congolese people should not be distructed by those losers (i.e Tshisekedi, Kengo and Kamehre).

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