In the ongoing elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), concerns have been raised about alleged irregularities, sparking calls for a thorough investigation into the electoral process.
The candidates are demanding a recount, asserting that the voices of the people have been suppressed.
A joint statement from key political figures, including opposition leader Martin Fayulu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege, Floribert Anzuluni of the Alternative Citoyenne party, and Pastor Théodore Ngoy, expressed their dissatisfaction with the electoral proceedings.
Their announcement, delivered in the capital city of Kinshasa, emphasized the need for a fair election, citing technical and logistical challenges.
In several regions, reports suggest that electoral materials were tampered with, and the voting process was marred by irregularities.
Some sources indicate that nearly 60% of polling stations faced disruptions, with at least 30% experiencing issues related to electoral materials.
Despite these challenges, the DRC government remains optimistic.
In a press release issued on Tuesday evening, government spokesperson Patrick Muyaya acknowledged the issues raised by the opposition but called for calm.
Muyaya also urged the police and security forces to maintain order and investigate any reported incidents.
Prior to the ongoing elections, the electoral commission had already faced criticism for delays in opening polling stations. Denis Kadima Kazadi, the head of the electoral commission, assured the public that polling stations would remain open until 11 p.m. local time to accommodate voters.
As the situation unfolds, attention is focused on how the electoral commission and government will address the concerns raised by opposition figures.
The demand for transparency and a fair electoral process underscores the significance of these elections in shaping the political future of the Democratic Republic of Congo.