DRC: Bishops do not recognize Tshisekedi’s victory

The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) considers that the provisional results of the presidential election of December 30, 2018 do not correspond to the data in its possession.

“We take note of the publication of the results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), but the results published do not correspond to the data collected by our electoral observation mission,” said Fr Donatien N’shole, Secretary General. of CENCO during a press conference held this Thursday, January 10 at the Inter-Kinshasa Center.

However, CENCO did not reveal the name of the one who, according to his observation, should prevail. She called for calm and asked the losers to use legal channels to challenge if they wished.

DRC: Bishops do not recognize Tshisekedi's victory
DRC: Bishops do not recognize Tshisekedi’s victory

Earlier in the day, it was Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, who spoke in the same vein.

“It seems that the results proclaimed, Mr Tshisekedi declared winner, are not consistent with the results we have seen here and there,” he said on the set of CNews.

Without going into more detail, he gave as reference the Congolese Catholic episcopate.

“CENCO did some checks and announced results that were totally different (…) I think we have to keep calm first, avoid the results and then clarity be done on these results, “said Jean-Yves Le Drian.

According to the results published by the CENI, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo won with 7.051.013 or 38.57%. He is followed by Martin Fayulu Madidi with 6.366.732 or 34.83% and Emmanuel Shadary with 4.357.359 or 23.84%. The participation rate in this poll is 47.56%, according to the electoral commission.


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