Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) opposition leaders have urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ensure the decision made by Congolese voters in the December 30 poll is respected as a way of fostering democracy in the region.
The co-spokesperson for the opposition coalition Lamuka Olivier Kamitatu ETSU said the people of Congo have made their statement known through the ballot.
The National Independent Electoral Commission (Ceni) is expected to delay the announcement of the provisional results, but the Catholic council of bishop’s conference, known as Cenco, which deployed 40-thousand people has announced that the winner of the election is known.
Cenco secretary-general Donatien Nshole told reporters at a media briefing on Thursday that data collected from polling stations showed that the figures in its possession from polling stations voter tallies reveal the choice of one candidate as president of the republic.
Nshole called on Ceni to be responsible and publish the results that reflect the true and correct position made by the Congolese voters.
The position of Cenco is backed by positions taken earlier by international bodies that include the African Union (AU), the US State Department and the European Union (EU).
But an official in President Joseph Kabila’s government Kikaya Bin Karubi has accused the church leaders of breaching constitutional and electoral laws.
Chairperson for the AU Commission Mousa Faki Mahamat warned parties in the Congolese election to respect the outcome of the poll.