News / Africa

Tshisekedi Will Only Accept Credible Congo Vote, Says Party Official

Electoral commission workers tally ballots at a polling station in the Bandal commune, one day after the country went to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, November 29, 2011.
Electoral commission workers tally ballots at a polling station in the Bandal commune, one day after the country went to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, November 29, 2011.

Multimedia

Audio
  • Clottey interview with Albert Moleka, the cabinet director of the party and spokesman for Mr. Tshisekedi,

  • Clottey interview with Pascal Kambale, the country director of the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa,

Peter Clottey

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a top official of main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) says presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi will only accept the outcome of a transparent and credible general election.

Albert Moleka, the Cabinet director of the party and spokesman for Mr. Tshisekedi, said the poorly organized general election shows the Independent National Electoral Commission is not “ready to respect the people’s vote.”

“Mr. Tshisekedi was overwhelmed by the response of the Congolese population. What we saw on Monday was a kind of revolution,” said Moleka. “You can see the people transforming themselves into observers and even into witnesses. Everybody wanted to vote, but then they were confronted with the fraud and flaws that we [saw] on Monday.”

Both the African Union and the U.S.-based Carter Center poll observer missions urged presidential and legislative candidates to accept the results.

Moleka said Tshisekedi wants the electoral process to be completed before passing any judgment on the credibility of the vote.

“His position is that we should go until the end of this whole process even though there were many flaws and shortcomings that we pointed out,” said Moleka. “We need to go until the end to demonstrate that the awareness of the people can even overcome all the fraud that we have experienced.”

He also said there are “legal ways” to challenge the credibility of the outcome of the presidential and legislative vote.

Moleka said his party is disappointed that the polls were poorly organized but praised the voters for their conduct.

“According to the law the election is supposed to be organized in one day [November 28], but surprisingly, after the legal hours of the day, Mr. Mulunda [electoral chief] decided to extend indefinitely the voting,” said Moleka. “Even worse, we are seeing cargo planes flying mainly from Johannesburg to the Lubumbashi and Kinshasa airport[s] with voting materials, even now. So why are the planes still coming here?”

He called Tshisekedi a democrat who “will accept the result of the election that would be credible and transparent.”

Pascal Kambale, the country director of the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, expressed concern about voter irregularities, describing the exercise as poorly administered. His monitoring group deployed about 5,000 observers to polling stations across the country.

“The elections were conducted in such a manner that indicated that the electoral commission was simply not ready, logistically,” said Kambale. “A lot of polling stations did not have ballot papers and some didn’t have the ballot papers on time. The most common complaints that we have from across the country was probably millions of voters did not get their names on the voter list.”

Kambale said some voters expressed concern that the voters’ lists were displayed at polling stations a day or in some cases the same day of the poll, which he said is against Congo’s electoral code. It stipulates that voters register should be displayed at least a month ahead of the election.

“So on this account and many other accounts, it looks like the electoral commission failed the population [and] the voters,” he said.

Kambale praised the public.

“It’s fair to say this was a victory of the people’s determination to make this election their election and to try to make the election as fair and as transparent as possible, because where it worked, it worked - not because of the commission’s failure but because of the people,” said Kambale.

The African Union and the Southern African Development Community welcomed the successful holding of the vote.

You May Like

Turkish Public Fears Jihadists More Than Kurds

Turkey facing twin threats of terrorism by Islamic State and PKK Kurdish separatists, says President Erdogan’s ruling AK Party More

Video One Year After Massacre, Iraq’s Yazidis a Broken People

Minority community still recovering from devastating assault by IS militants which spurred massive outrage More

‘Malvertisements’ Undermine Internet Trust

Hackers increasingly prey on users' trust of major websites to delivery malicious software More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Communityi
X
Sharon Behn
August 03, 2015 2:23 PM
A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Iraqi Yazidis Fear Death of Their Community

A year ago on August 3, Islamic State militants stormed the homelands of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, killing hundreds of men and enslaving thousands of women. The scenes of desperate Yazidi families crowding on the top of Sinjar mountain without food or water spurred Kurdish fighters into action, an emergency airlift and the start of the U.S. airstrike campaign against the Islamic State Sunni extremists. VOA's Sharon Benh reports from northern Iraq.
Video

Video Bangkok Warned It Soon Could Be Submerged

Italy's Venice and America's New Orleans are not the only cities gradually submerging. The nearly ten million residents of the Bangkok urban area now must confront warnings the city could become uninhabitable in a few decades. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from the Thai capital.
Video

Video Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, they also have an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. But a sports club outside Washington wants to make a difference in these people's lives. With Carol Pearson narrating, VOA's June Soh reports.
Video

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Special Olympics Show Competitors' Skill, Determination

Special Olympics competitions will wrap up Saturday in Los Angeles, and the closing ceremony for athletes with intellectual disabilities will be held Sunday night. In a week of competition, athletes have shown what they can do through skill and determination. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
Video

Video Shooter’s Grill: Serving Food with a Touch of the Second Amendment

Shooter's Grill, a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, attracts visitors from all over the world as well as local patrons. The reason? Waitresses openly carry loaded firearms as they serve food, and customers are welcome to carry them, too. VOA's Enming Liu and Lin Yang paid a visit to Shooter's Grill, and heard different opinions about this unique establishment.
Video

Video Despite Controversy, Business Owner Continues Sale of Confederate Flags

At Cooter’s, a store in rural Sperryville, Virginia, about 120 kilometers west of Washington, D.C., Confederate flags are flying off the shelves. The red, white and blue battle flag, with 13 white stars representing the Confederate states, was carried by southern forces during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The South had seceded from the Union over several key issues of disagreement, including slavery. VOA’s Deborah Block has the story.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

VOA Blogs