African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has advised all concerned stakeholders in the just ended presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo to act in a way that consolidates democracy and preserves peace in the country.
Mr. Mahamat who took cognizance of the provisional results of the Presidential election in the DRC, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission congratulated the people, political actors, civil society and relevant national institutions for the conduct of elections deemed satisfactory by African Union Election Observer Mission led by Dioncounda Traore, Mali’s former President.
The Chairperson advised political players with intentions of challenging the results to do this peacefully through avenues provided by existing national legal framework and political dialogue among all stakeholders.
Mr. Mahamat emphasised that regardless of the final results of the elections, the situation in DRC requires genuine National consensus based on respect for democratic principles and human rights.
This is according to a statement made available to Zambia Embassy in Addis Ababa, by the Peace and Security Department of the African Union made available to the media by First Secretary for Press and Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia Inutu Mwanza.
Opposition candidate Felix Tsisekedi has won DR Congo’s presidential election according to electoral officials.
The announcement, sparked accusations of an “electoral coup” from runner-up Martin Fayulu while the Catholic Church said that the result did not match data collected by its election monitors.
The ruling party, whose candidate finished third, has not yet contested the result, prompting allegations of a power-sharing deal with Mr Tshisekedi.
It is an accusation Mr Tshisekedi’s team denies.
If confirmed, Mr Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained independence in 1960. Current President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 18 years in office.