Insult: Western nations demand election data from DRC amidst allegation of fraud
London, Jan. 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Western nations are asking Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission to release its voting data on DRC’s presidential election in light of claims by the Catholic Church that its tallies show opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was not the winner.
The United States, Britain, France, Belgium and Germany requested the results during a UN Security Council meeting Friday on the results of the December 30 election.
But electoral commission chief Comeille Nangaa Yobeluo said he would not give provisional statistics to any other body but DRC’s constitutional court, which will hear any challenges to the results.
Yobeluo also asked the National Episcopal Conference, the Catholic church body, to submit its report on the monitoring of the election to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Russia, China and South Africa said the commission’s declarations should be respected and it should not be subject to interference and pressure.
Foreign skepticism has trailed Democratic Republic of Congo’s announcement of presidential election results, with France bluntly calling them inconsistent with other findings, and former colonial power Belgium planning to raise the matter at the United Nations Security Council
France was quick to react to the surprise win of opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election
Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian told French TV the announcement “did not conform” with other results, notably those produced by Congo’s Catholic church which he described as totally different. Le Drian called for calm and clarity in the true election tally.
Former colonial power Belgium was more nuanced.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders told local RTBF broadcaster his country would bring up the matter at the United Nations Security Council. He said given the chaotic election process, he could understand the fears expressed in some quarters.
The DRC’s powerful Catholic church says results tallied by its own election observers do not match the official ones (AP)