Provisional results for Presidential Elections in Congo may delay.
The electoral commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that Provisional results from the long-delayed presidential election in the country could be pushed back past Sunday’s deadline as ballots trickle in and tensions prevail over the vote count.
The EC had announced Sunday 6 January, a day to release provisional results of the presidential elections that took place on Sunday 30 December.
According to the electoral commission, by Wednesday counting centres had received just 17 percent of the tally sheets drawn up by individual polling stations.
The president of the CENI electoral commission, Corneille Nangaa, without revealing the reason for the delays of provisional results said they are trying to make sure results are out within a few days.
“We are working around the clock. We are doing our best to publish the results on January 6. But if we can’t, we can’t,” Nangaa said.
The Election monitors from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) assured that the December 30 vote “went relatively well” despite chaotic scenes that prevented many from voting.
However, more than a million Congolese in three opposition strongholds of Beni, Butembo, and Yumbe were unable to vote due to an Ebola outbreak in their areas.