LATEST: DRC police gather outside electoral commission

2019-01-09 06:37
Picture: AFP

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Anti-riot police are gathering outside Democratic Republic of Congo's electoral commission as the country awaits the first results of the presidential election.

Several dozen officers are in the quiet street.

Some opposition parties are urging the electoral commission to release results as soon as possible after it delayed the announcement indefinitely on Sunday.

The commission is meeting to discuss results that have been compiled so far.

Opposition candidates, the Catholic church and international community have urged that the results reflect the will of the Congolese people. The country is choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has been in office since 2001.

Meanwhile, opposition candidate Martin Fayulu says his coalition will release its own election results if the ones announced by the electoral commission don't conform to the will of the people.

Fayulu told The Associated Press in an interview that the delay in announcing the outcome of the December 30 presidential election is to "fudge the results." He warned the electoral commission "to not play with fire, it is very dangerous."

DRC is choosing a successor to the departing President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled since 2001.

Spokesperson for opposition candidate Felix Tshsekedi and ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary have both hinted at victory, though regulations say only the electoral commission can announce results.

The commission on Sunday indefinitely delayed announcing the results of the vote.

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