Sunday 24 February 2019

DR Congo opposition leader says election commission is ‘playing with fire’

Martin Fayulu says his coalition will release its own results if the official ones do not reflect the will of the people.

Congolese opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu (Jerome Delay/AP)
Congolese opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu (Jerome Delay/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Leading Democratic Republic of Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has said his coalition will release its own election results if the ones announced by the electoral commission do not conform to the will of the people.

Mr Fayulu said 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”.

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Ruling party presidential candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary (Jerome Delay/AP)

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

Spokesmen 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.

Press Association

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