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Delay of DRC poll results 'unhealthy' - Zambia, S. Africa presidents

Delay of DRC poll results 'unhealthy' - Zambia, S. Africa presidents

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>Presidents of South Africa and Zambia have commented on the electoral situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, <span class="caps">DRC</span>, calling on the elections body, <span class="caps">CENI</span>, to speedily work to release results.</p> <p>South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa met with his Zambian counterpart, Edgar Lungu in Durban on Wednesday for discussions around the regional bloc, <span class="caps">SADC</span>, mission to observe the polls.</p> <p>A statement issued at the end of the meeting read: “Presidents Ramaphosa and Lungu have called on <span class="caps">CENI</span> to speedily finalize the vote tabulation and release election results in order to maintain the credibility of the elections.</p> <p>“The two Presidents underscored that the delay in releasing the results of the elections can lead to suspicions and compromise the peace and stability of the country.</p> <p>“… (they) also called on all political parties and the generality of Congolese to remain calm and exercise total restraint while waiting for <span class="caps">CENI</span> … to release the final results,” the statement added.</p> <p>They reserved praise for the United Nations mission in the country, <span class="caps">MONUSCO</span>, and state security for overseeing a peaceful voting process during the December 30 general elections.</p> <p>“The two Presidents agreed to monitor the situation in <span class="caps">DRC</span> and committed <span class="caps">SADC</span>’s support and solidarity,” the statement concluded.</p>
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