DRC To Release Partial Vote Results

“We hope to have (results) tables this evening for at least 10 percent of the vote. It’s necessary to cut short the rumours that are circulating on the Internet, given by unauthorised people. We can’t stay silent,” said Mathieu Mpita, spokesman for the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“We aren’t going to give an overall result, but rather by province. We’ll go along progressively.”

The elections commission had not been scheduled to release provisional presidential results until Tuesday.

But tensions have been growing in the restive central African country in the wake of Monday’s polls, which were marred by deadly violence and have drawn opposition allegations of massive fraud perpetrated by President Joseph Kabila’s coalition.

Three opposition candidates have called for the polls to be annulled.

International observers have reported incidents of ballot box stuffing, masses of voters being turned away from the polls and other irregularities.

But two key monitoring missions, the EU and the Carter Centre, have said they will need more time to verify reports from around the vast country two-thirds the size of Western Europe.

Western countries, international election observers, the UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo and various rights groups have appealed for calm in the wake of the polls, only the country’s second since back-to-back wars from 1996 to 2003. – Sapa-AFP