US Troops Deployed to Central Africa Over Concerns of Violence in Congo

Victor Moke Ngala fears Congo's ruling party is attempting to manipulate the ballot count

Victor Moke Ngala fears Congo's ruling party is attempting to manipulate the ballot count

Initial results were expected on Sunday but the electoral board (CENI) said they could be delayed because vote counts were slow in arriving.

As official results are tabulated and reported, the usa said it continued to urge DRC government officials, leaders of the DRC security forces, opposition party leaders, civil society representatives, and stakeholders from all sides to respect the law and reject violence.

The ruling FCC (Common Front for the Congo) told the BBC only the electoral commission is officially allowed to announce results.

U.S President Donald Trump has said he ordered the deployment of U.S military to Gabon amid fears of violent unrest in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after both opposition and ruling party candidates claimed victory in presidential election that ended on Sunday.

The United States and European Union urged Kinshasa to ensure a peaceful change of power.

Congo's ruling coalition accused the church of behaving in an "irresponsible and anarchic" way.

Karubi, an adviser for diplomacy to Kabila, told journalists that the council of bishops was attempting to provoke a "popular revolt".

Chairperson for the AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat warned parties in the Congolese election to respect the outcome of the poll, stating that they expected the results published by Ceni to be "in line with the vote" of the people.

The EU echoed the AU's position.

Also Friday, Congo's election commission scolded the Catholic church for saying its data show a clear victor in Sunday's presidential election, asserting that the announcement could incite an "uprising".

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"Political actors have a duty to contribute to the success of this transition in a spirit of reconciliation and peace".

"We also noted that confusion on election day over the location of polling stations, the posting of voter lists, the late delivery of some election materials, and CENI's unfortunate decision to cancel elections in Beni and Butembo in eastern DRC disenfranchised voters".

The United States demanded that "accurate" election results be released and called on the DRC authorities to remove restrictions on internet access.

The United Nations' Security Council has been requested to intervene.

"These deployed personnel will remain in the region until the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed".

A negative or cautionary global reaction could be problematic for Kabila whose government has defended the election's organisation, and could weaken the legitimacy of Kabila's hand-picked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, should he be declared victor.

"SADC, therefore, must defend the truth and the democracy of Congo".

Independent Central Africa analyst Kris Berwouts, meanwhile, said Kabila's administration was "cornered" in the wake of the election.

"The state will want some more time to rig it, that's what they are playing for, time", said Reuben Loffman, a lecturer in African history and specialist in DRC history at UK-based Queen Mary University of London. "We are making progress, but we do not have everything yet", Corneille Nangaa said, without announcing a new date.

With worldwide concerns growing over the transfer of power in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation of 80 million people, Western powers have upped pressure on Kinshasa to ensure the vote count is accurate and transparent.

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