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

Counting the votes in DR Congo Africa's second largest country has been a mamoth task

Counting the votes in DR Congo Africa's second largest country has been a mamoth task

"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.

Jets to hire Gase as head coach
According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington, Manning called Jets CEO Christopher Johnson to endorse Gase for the job. Additionally, Breer reports that quarterback Sam Darnold played a role in the Jets decision to hire Gase.

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.

Recommended News

  • Official Woodstock 50 Festival Announced, With Clowns

    Official Woodstock 50 Festival Announced, With Clowns

    The first was announced recently and will be hosted at the site of the original location, but has no involvement from Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang .
    DJI Introduces A Smart Remote Controller With Built-In Display at CES 2019

    DJI Introduces A Smart Remote Controller With Built-In Display at CES 2019

    DJI claims the setup time with the Smart Controller to be 30 seconds, compared to a few minutes when using a smartphone. Combination packages of the Smart Controller with Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will be available as well.
    Jones has high praise for new coach Saunders

    Jones has high praise for new coach Saunders

    Everyone believes in him, respects him, trusts him. "We're going to support him and have his back". My gauge is that everybody has been incredible through this. "I'm hurt because Thibs is not here".
  • McCaw to sign deal with Raptors for rest of season

    McCaw to sign deal with Raptors for rest of season

    McCaw was a restricted free agent with the Golden State Warriors , but the defending champions chose not to match the contract . The 23-year-old was most recently waived by the Cavs earlier this week after signing a non-guaranteed 2-year, $6 million deal.

    1st flu-related child death reported in New Jersey

    For reasons of medical privacy, the department will not be releasing additional information. There have been high rates of children hospitalized across the country this year.
    Guess who just revealed his $1 billion stake in Tesla?

    Guess who just revealed his $1 billion stake in Tesla?

    Ellison is worth just shy of $60 billion and according to Tesla's filing his personal investment now stands at a billion dollars. Tesla shares were trading 0.9 percent higher at $338 million in the pre-market in NY , giving a market value of $58 billion.
  • Jeff Bezos tweeted that he and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing

    Jeff Bezos tweeted that he and his wife, MacKenzie, are divorcing

    The divorce, which could become one of the most expensive in history , could potentially affect Bezos's stake in Amazon . MacKenzie , on the other hand, would become the richest woman by a large margin with almost $70 billion to her name.
    Transfer: Arsenal battle Man United for Dalian Yifang star

    Transfer: Arsenal battle Man United for Dalian Yifang star

    Yannick Carrasco "has been offered to Arsenal" as the Belgian looks to cut short his time at Chinese side Dalian Yifang. A Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.
    Stoke City appoint Luton's Jones as manager

    Stoke City appoint Luton's Jones as manager

    Nathan Jones is expected to be named Stoke City manager within the next 24 hours after the club revealed they are in talks with the Luton Town boss.
  • Roger Federer's emotional interview - 'Never broke down like this'

    Roger Federer's emotional interview - 'Never broke down like this'

    Novak Djokovic isn't looking to pop champagne or to attend lavish parties if he wins another Australian Open. Federer will look to win a third consecutive Australian Open at Melbourne Park at the end of January.

    "The Sopranos" Creator Talks Upcoming Sequel As HBO Series Turns 20

    He added, "I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark". And as long as people are thinking about it, The Sopranos lives, whether or not Tony does.
    Huawei Announces Kunpeng 920 As

    Huawei Announces Kunpeng 920 As "Highest Performance ARM CPU"

    Xu responded to a question about possible industry fragmentation by saying the outlook for the server market is "very bright". Huawei's TaiShan series servers are built for big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.