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DRC vote delay: Tshisekedi accepts decision, to keep campaigning

DRC vote delay: Tshisekedi accepts decision, to keep campaigning

Political crisis in DR Congo

<p>A main opposition candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, has accepted the decision of the elections body, <span class="caps">CENI</span>, to postpone the December 23 process.</p> <p>Barely twenty-four hours after <span class="caps">CENI</span> announced the delay, Tshisekedi who leads a two-man coalition addressed supporters in the capital Kinshasa urging them to remain calm.</p> <p>He added that his campaign was set to continue till December 28 ahead of the new vote date, December 30. Campaigns are expected to end two-days from the opening of vote.</p> <p>For his part, Martin Fayulu, leader of the opposition Lamuka coalition, said he <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/12/21/drc-presidential-candidate-martin-fayulu-rejects-election-delay/" target="_blank">disagreed with <span class="caps">CENI</span>’s position.</a> “As far as I know, the president of the <span class="caps">CENI</span> said that come rain or shine there will be elections on December 23, 2018. </p> <p>“So, I think we must expect these elections and we cannot accept that Mr. Naanga will change his position today,” Martin Fayulu said.</p> <p><span class="caps">CENI</span> cited the loss of electoral material to a blaze at a warehouse in the capital Kinshasa as the main reason for the delay. The delay has led to security forces breaking up protests in parts of the country.</p> <a style="font-size:16px; font-color:yellow;" href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/12/21/drc-coalitions-the-race-to-kinshasa-via-geneva-and-nairobi/"target="_blank"><span class="caps">DRC</span> Coalitions: The race to Kinshasa via Geneva and Nairobi </a> <a style="font-size:16px; font-color:yellow;" href="http://www.africanews.com/tag/africa-elections/"target="_blank">Follow our ‘Africa Elections page for more </a> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/62/30/623047/1024x576_bonus-DRCSCR.jpg" alt="" /></p>