Post election fears of riots in DR Congo – Another delay of announcing the results
KINSHASA – Announcements of the official election results have been delayed another time. Several independent observers as well as international press agencies and reporters recently reported about the high tensions throughout the country. Last week Congolese voters could make use of their right to vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Currently several regions, particularly the country’s capital city Kinshasa faces a strained situation. Especially supporters of the main opposition candidate Tshisekedi went to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the delayed announcements of the final election result. The National Electoral Commission for its part had already announced a delay of the announcement several times. Congolese all over the world protested against the heavy delays which occurred throughout the whole election process since polling stations opened on last week’s Monday.
It has been reported that many Congolese citizens from Kinshasa fled to the neighboring country. Tensions for violent riots arise throughout the country and international observers fear that supporters of Tshisekedi could heavily clash with police and military forces as soon as the result will be announced wherewith the current president Kabila would be probably reelected.
Follow the reporting of BBC Africa and Al Jazeera from the last days:
“DR Congo delays release of vote results” (Al Jazeera, 8 Dec 2011)
“DR Congo election results to be announced” (Al Jazeera, 9 Dec 2011)
“Congolese await election results amid claims of fraud” (BBC Africa 6 Dec 2011)
“DR Congo election: Results delayed until Friday” (BBC Africa, 8 Dec 2011)
“Congo postpones election results by two days” (France 24, 8 Dec 2011)