DR CONGO: Belgium tasks CENI to release results ‘without fear’

Belgian Foreign Minister has called on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to publish results of the December 30 presidential elections, AFP news agency reports.

Didier Reynders is quoted by AFP as telling the RTBF broadcaster that it was absolutely of the essence that the true will of the Congolese voters is declared.

“The important thing today is to publish the results of the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo even if they do not please the powers that be.”

The UN’s security council is due to meet on Friday for a special session over the situation in the DRC. Government has defended a communication blackout that has made reporting results almost impossible.

The Catholic Church has declared that a single candidate won the vote outright and called for results to be released. That posture earned it flak from the ruling FCC coalition and CENI.

January 6, 2019: CENI says over half of results ready

Over half of results from the DRC’s presidential results held on December 30, 2018; are available, elections chief Corneille Nangaa said on Sunday.

The latest update on the results was disclosed after the elections outfit, CENI, held a meeting over the compilation of votes.

He said the tally percentage of January 3 which stood at 20% had more than doubled to 53% but did not give a specific date on which results could be released.

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