S.Africa, Zambia call for finalisation of DR Congo vote result

Martin Fayulu a former oil tycoon says authorities must announce results to avoid further tension. /COURTESY

Martin Fayulu a former oil tycoon says authorities must announce results to avoid further tension. /COURTESY

"If the official result does not reflect the truth, there will be a crisis", he added, as a crowd of two dozen people at a newsstand nodded.

It is not immediately clear whether opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who led in polling and warned against manipulation, will contest the results.

Police also took up positions along the city's main boulevard, as Congolese fretted about possible violence amid suspicions that President Joseph Kabila's government was negotiating a power-sharing deal with one opposition candidate. Nangaa said that, instead, the results announcement would be delayed until "next week", claiming that around half of the votes remained uncounted.

Ramaphosa and Lungu underscored that the delay in releasing the results of the elections can lead to suspicions and compromise peace and stability of the country, Dirco said. Spokeswoman Marie-France Idikayi told The Associated Press that "we are waiting for the final deliberations of the electoral commission plenary session to end but the announcement room is prepared".

State television is in place to broadcast the results.

In a statement, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) appealed to the election commission to "uphold its promises, made before God and before the nation, to offer the nation the truth, and nothing but the truth, of the ballot box". He is known as the "people's soldier" for leading protests against President Kabila.

Nangaa has blamed the delay in announcing results on the opposition's insistence on manual counting.

The statements by UDPS opposition party secretary-general Jean-Marc Kabund appeared to go against electoral regulations that say only Congo's electoral commission can announce election results.

With global concerns growing over the peaceful transfer of power in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation, Western powers have upped the pressure.

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After the summit on the DRC, Lungu is scheduled to attend routine medical check-up whilst in South Africa, Zambian presidency said in a statement late Tuesday.

The preliminary results of the December 30 vote had been expected on Sunday, but the commission indefinitely delayed the announcement, to the growing suspicion of many Congolese.

Kabila's second electoral mandate expired in 2016 and he only reluctantly called new elections under pressure from regional powers.

Residents of the capital, Kinshasa, said the heavy security presence was a bad sign, with some recalling the violence that followed past disputed elections.

Resident John Kabamba says it "may be a message that the publication (of the results) won't meet the expectations of the Congolese people".

"We will react according to truth, there is no other option", he said, if the election results that are announced do not confirm with the church's findings.

Correspondent|A Congo opposition party is calling its candidate the "presumed winner" of the presidential election and indicates that Felix Tshisekedi has had contact with departing President Joseph Kabila "to prepare a peaceful and civilized transfer of power".

The electoral commission on Sunday announced an indefinite delay in releasing the first results of the vote, frustrating many in this country that is rich in the minerals key to the world's smartphones, laptops and electric cars.

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