Unic Press UK: The African Union (“AU”) has called into question the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) presidential election in which the Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) of Congo declared Felix Tshisekedi as president-elect, urging a suspension of the final results.
In a communique Thursday, the African Union said:
“… there were serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results, as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the votes cast. Accordingly, the Heads of State and Government called for the suspension of the proclamation of the final results of the elections.” The ‘Communiqué of the High-Level Consultative Meeting of Heads of State and Government on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’ further reads: “The Heads of State and Government attending the meeting concluded that there were serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results, as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the votes cast.”
The runner-up in the presidential election, Martin Fayulu rejected the results, describing the verdict of the electoral commission as an “electoral coup,” which must be resisted. The Catholic Church in the country also denounced the results, claiming that its records of the votes did not indicate that Tshisekedi won.