The African Union (AU) has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to postpone the announcement of its presidential election results after expressing “serious doubts” over the provisional results released last week.
The pan-African organization has joined in asking questions about the accuracy of the results amid accusations that opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi planning a power-sharing deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila even with Martin Fayulu, insisting he won.
A number of AU heads of state and government met in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday and released a statement about the deeply disputed December 30 vote.
“There were serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results, as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the votes cast,” it read.
“Accordingly, the [AU] called for the suspension of the proclamation of the final results of the elections,” it added.
Mr Kabila has been in office for 18 years and the result, if confirmed, would create the first orderly transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.
The results released by the electoral commission placed Tshisekedi first with 38.5 percent of the vote, compared to 34.7% for Mr Fayulu. Ruling coalition candidate Emmanuel Shadary took 23.8 percent.
Mr Fayulu filed an appeal in the Constitutional Court on Saturday demanding a manual recount of votes.
The court could confirm Mr Tshisekedi’s victory, order a recount, or scrap the results altogether and call fresh elections.
But the court has never overturned results before, and some think most of its judges are close to the ruling party.
The very influential Catholic Church followed by 40% of the population has also disputed the results. The Church says it deployed 40,000 election monitors across the country.
International experts based in the US, and the French and German governments, have also raised doubts according to BBC.
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