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Officers are compiling the outcomes from Sunday’s election

The Democratic Republic of Congo has blocked the sign of a TV station seen as near the opposition.

Authorities spokesman Lambert Mende accused Canal Congo of saying outcomes of Sunday’s much-delayed presidential election earlier than the official announcement, AFP reviews.

This comes days after the web was shut down nationwide.

The opposition has complained of irregularities within the election to discover a successor to President Joseph Kabila.

He’s stepping down after 17 years in workplace and has promised DR Congo’s first orderly switch of energy because it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Together with blocking Canal Congo, the authorities have additionally minimize the broadcasts of Radio France Internationale (RFI) and withdrawn the accreditation of one among its journalists, Florence Morice, accusing her of violating electoral legislation.

“We’re not going to let a radio station throw petrol on the flames at a time once we are ready for the compilation of the provisional outcomes,” Mr Mende informed AFP.

RFI has denied the accusation and defended its journalist.

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Electonic voting machines have been used within the ballot for the primary time within the nation

Counting is beneath approach and provisional outcomes have been initially anticipated to be introduced on 6 January, however the electoral fee now says there could possibly be a delay, Reuters reviews.

The pinnacle of the fee, Corneille Nangaa, stated counting centres have been nonetheless ready for greater than 80% of voting tallies to be submitted by native polling stations.

What are observers saying?

Regional screens – from the African Union and the Southern African Growth Neighborhood – have described final Sunday’s election as “moderately well-managed”.

However the Roman Catholic Church’s observer workforce reported greater than 100 circumstances of election screens being denied entry to polling stations.

It added that round 20% of polling stations opened late, and there have been reviews of polling stations being moved on the final minute.

One other native observer group, Symocel, stated a few of its 20,000 brokers have been subjected to intimidation.

Who’s working for president?

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Opposition candidates Martin Fayulu (L) and Felix Tshisekedi (R) face Emmanuel Shadary (C), the previous inside minister

There are 21 candidates, however three frontrunners:

  • Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a former inside minister and Kabila loyalist, who was hit by European Union sanctions for his function within the violent suppression of opposition protests in 2017
  • Martin Fayulu, a former oil government who has promised “a dignified and affluent Congo”, however who poor Congolese really feel might not advance their trigger
  • Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, the son of a late veteran opposition chief who has promised to make the struggle towards poverty his precedence

Why was the web shutdown?

The web has not been working since Monday and neither have individuals been in a position to ship SMS textual content messages.

The transfer was meant to cease “faux figures” being circulated, AFP quotes presidential adviser Kikaya Bin Karubi as saying.

However the governing coalition, the Frequent Entrance for the Congo, stated the web outage was having an impression on the compilation of outcomes.

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What is the background?

Mr Kabila took over from his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, however he was barred from working for an additional time period beneath the structure.

He was presupposed to step down two years in the past, however the election was postponed after the electoral fee stated it wanted extra time to register voters.

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President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 17 years in energy

The choice triggered violent clashes, because the opposition accused Mr Kabila of making an attempt to cling on to energy.

The run-up to the ballot was additionally hit by controversy over the exclusion of some 1.26 million out of an citizens of practically 40 million from voting.

The electoral fee stated voting couldn’t happen within the japanese cities of Beni and Butembo due to a lethal Ebola outbreak within the area. Voting was additionally known as off within the western metropolis of Yumbi due to insecurity there.