The elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last Saturday, at which a successor for a long time in power, Joseph Kabila was sought, was, in many places, messy. According to mixed, but surprisingly positive, turned out to be the first verdict of the election observers from the African Union (AU) and the southern African development community (SADC).

According to the AU the election began to the observed locations, often with hours long delays, but mostly professionally, – stated in the preliminary report. The reason for the delays is the complex activation of the voting machines, as well as the late Arrival of voters was lists. Several election workers have also noted a lack of experience with the voting machines.

The AU report praises especially the voters for their patience and restraint in the face of many discrepancies In the capital of Kinshasa, about a number of elective had been put together local, in the short term, which have increased the number of voters there. In the polling stations visited by the observers, had extended to the leaders but mostly the Opening times according to the delays at the Start.

the Internet lock in the whole country, so far, no report of the conference of bishops

is Problematic in these data, especially the size of the observer groups: The AU was only nearly two dozen Teams for a vote of about 40 million potential voters. Was elected to the country in more than 75,000 polling stations, AU-helper visited, but only 317 of the polling stations in half of the Congolese provinces. The observer mission from the southern African development community (SADC) was only 73 volunteers and in 16 of 26 provinces present.

While the SADC succeeded the election in your report as neatly, and without any special incidents praised, was the AU more careful: It is especially important that the result was also the will of the Congolese people reflect it.

Significantly more revealing is the report of the Catholic bishops ‘ conference (Cenco). But we have to wait for. The Wednesday announced the publication remained the bishops ‘ conference of guilty. She explained that she was affected like the Rest of the country from the Internet lock, which had been imposed by the government on Monday and lasts.

Cenco: polling stations in police stations

The Cenco controlled on election day, according to its own information, after all, 12.300 polling stations with 40,000 volunteers observers. Already on the day of the election, she published disturbing Details, according to which more than 800 were built local to places where they are not to be had. Including places with limited access such as police stations or official party offices.

in Addition have started in the East of the country, where the Opposition against Kabila is one of the biggest, contrary to what the AU and SADC informed the choice with the hour-long delay, the polling stations but on time at 17 o’clock closed. Up to Saturday noon, hundreds of choice had been denied, moreover, are already observers of access to polling stations.

The Internet had used a lock, as the first election results from the voting offices of the vast country were published via Twitter. The Secretary General of the Cenco, Donatien Nshole, said on Wednesday they now hope for the release of the Cenco report on Thursday. The Internet you have a lock thrown back, the work would have to be done “over the phone”.

President Joseph Kabila has ruled the country since the end of 2016, in defiance of the Constitution, he came in 2001 after the death of his father, Laurent, to Power, and was confirmed two Times in the case also disputed elections.

A preliminary result of the presidential election should be according to the election Commission Ceni 6. January will be announced. On Wednesday it was said that it had only received 17 percent of the results. The announcement will be delayed possibly.


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