9 December 2011
Pretoria — Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to announce elections results this morning, three days later than originally scheduled.
According to reports, the Commission of National Independent Election (CNIE) postponed the results, citing the need to cross-check them before being announced.
According to preliminary results released by the CNIE last week, President Joseph Kabila Kabange of the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) was leading with about 1.52 million votes, while his main rival Etienne Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) came second with 0.99 million votes.
A total of 11 candidates were running for the presidency in the elections which were held last week Monday.
The elections, which were conducted under difficult conditions due to the technical and logistical challenges that exist in the DRC, were marred by tension and isolated acts of violence.
According to media reports the capital, Kinshasa has been largely calm, supporters of both men have hinted that violence could break out if their candidate is not named the winner.
Troops are on standby in case of unrest, and the international community has urged for calm.
These are the second elections since the African nation was torn apart by several years of war that ended in 2003.
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