Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (MR) is satisfied that the elections in the Congo ‘finally’ be able to continue, but regrets the many irregularities that were determined by observers on the spot. Or the vote has been carried out correctly, the Congolese up to, he thinks.
“After two years of waiting have to be there in the Congo at last elections. Or they can be considered as correct and credible, the Congolese now up’, post MR-deputy prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on Twitter.
“The positive is that the elections take place,” says Reynders. They would initially continue in 2016, has been deferred to 2017 and later until the end of 2018. However, he is concerned about the irregularities and incidents that were reported by various (foreign) observers on the spot. According to the minister, falls to the chaotic conduct of the elections under the full responsibility of the Congolese government”.
He draws attention to the importance of the thousands of election observers that the catholic church in Congo has been referred to. Using the Cenco (Conférence épiscopale du Congo) were 1.026 observers on long-term and 40,000 observers-for-a-day sent to the ballot on the huge territory to observe. The Congolese regime had observers from Europe or America is denied.
Longer votes, later count
In the meantime, is known to hit the polling stations longer remain open. That set journalists of AFP on the spot. A lot of desks were open later or had problems with the voting computers. There were long queues in many polling stations.
The votes cast are printed and manually counted. The first preliminary results would be on January 6, to be published. In some cities where the opposition is strong, to follow the elections only in march, officially because of the ebola epidemic and the violence there.