In Summary
  • The elections, postponed three times over the last two years, were to choose a successor to long-term President Joseph Kabila but the provisional results, due last Sunday, have been delayed.
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has said it is having problems collecting the data.
  • Fayulu's statement came as the main opposition party UDPS claimed on Tuesday that its candidate Felix Tshisekedi had won and that a meeting with Kabila was being prepared.

KINSHASA,

Opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu warned electoral authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday not to "disguise the truth of the polls", as tensions mounted over delayed election results.

In one of his first statements since the December 30 vote, Fayulu urged the authorities to publish who had won.

"The Congolese people already know the result," he said, warning against political tensions.

The elections, postponed three times over the last two years, were to choose a successor to long-term President Joseph Kabila but the provisional results, due last Sunday, have been delayed.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has said it is having problems collecting the data.

'EVALUATIONS AND DELIBERATIONS'

Late on Tuesday, the CENI said in a tweet it had started a plenary session for a series of "evaluations and deliberations" after which it would publish the results. But it did not make clear whether than would be on Tuesday or later.

An AFP photographer said armed police were blocking the boulevard in front of the CENI headquarters.

Fayulu's statement came as the main opposition party UDPS claimed on Tuesday that its candidate Felix Tshisekedi had won and that a meeting with Kabila was being prepared.

"The two figures have an interest in meeting to prepare a peaceful and civilised transfer of power," said UDPS secretary general Jean-Marc Kabund.

Talk of a possible rapprochement between the UDPS and Kabila was also fuelled after Tshisekedi told Belgian newspaper Le Soir the president could be honoured for his behaviour after stepping down.

"One day we will even have to think of paying tribute to him (Kabila) for agreeing to withdraw," Tshisekedi said in an interview.

Of the three main contenders for president, Kabila has backed Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his preferred successor.

'DISGUISE THE TRUTH'
But as the other key opposition candidate, Fayulu in his statement warned the electoral commission "against any attempt to disguise the truth of the polls".

CENI must "publish the provisional results of the presidential election in the near future," he said.

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