DR Congo To Announce Election Results On Sunday – Commission

People gather to inspect a list of voting results at a polling station in Lubumbashi on December 21, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)

The electoral commission stated on Friday that the full preliminary results of the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be made public on Sunday. Felix Tshisekedi, the incumbent president, is anticipated to win handily.

On December 20, in tumultuous elections to select a president, national and local legislators, and city council members, almost 44 million people were registered to vote.

Tshisekedi has a significant lead with almost 73 percent of the ballots cast in the country of central Africa out of the 15.9 million votes that had been tabulated by Friday night.

The vast and unstable nation, which is roughly the size of continental western Europe, saw bureaucratic chaos throughout the election as the electoral commission battled to deliver voting materials to polling places on time, making it impossible for some voters to cast ballots.

Officially prolonged by one day, voting persisted for far longer in many isolated regions.

Denis Kadima, the director of the electoral commission, informed reporters on Friday that the complete provisional results will be made public on December 31.

Although the date had not been officially verified by the commission since the voting, the results had initially been anticipated at that time. The Constitutional Court will confirm the final results in January.

The opposition has pointed out anomalies in the polls and stated that there was “total chaos” during the vote.

The Kinshasa archbishop also called the election a “gigantic organised mess.”

Along with highlighting “many cases of irregularities,” an election observation mission organized by the Protestant and Catholic churches also expressed concerns about the legitimacy of the chaotic voting process.

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