The runner-up in the Democratic Republic of Congo‘s long-awaited presidential poll Martin Fayulu (62) denounced the results as an “electoral coup“.
These results have nothing to do with the truth at the ballot box,” Fayulu told Radio France International (RFI).”It’s a real electoral coup, it’s incomprehensible.”
The leader and founder of Engagement for Citizenship and Development party established in 2009 with two other MPs, Fayulu, a former Exxon Mobile top manager, is the favorite the influential Congo Catholic church.
“They have stolen the victory of the Congolese people, and the Congolese people will never accept that their victory is stolen,” Fayulu said.
He called “all those who observed the elections” to “tell us the truth, publish the results”. “We can not keep quiet, it’s a scam, it’s a joke that we can not accept today,” he insisted.
Polling stations opened in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, December 30, for a presidential election that is meant to lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power.
Due to the time difference, voting started an hour earlier in eastern parts of the country. The last polls are scheduled to close at 1700 (1600 GMT), although voting will continue for those still in line.
President Joseph Kabila, ruling since his father’s assassination in 2001, is due to step down after the vote in a milestone change for a country suffering from authoritarian rule, coups and civil wars since independence from Belgium in 1960.
Kabila’s agreement to respect the constitutional term limits should represent progress for Congo and the continent.
Critics say the vote will be plagued by fraud, and that Kabila could continue to rule via his close allies. Formally he can also come back again for presidency in 2023.
There are reports of high turnout of the electorate in different places.
The citizens of areas excluded for Ebols risks decided to organise their own plebiscite, in spite of exclusion.
The opposition candidate Martin Fayulu is a absolute favorite to win Democratic Republic of Congo’s delayed election on December 30, while the government candidate is only at third place, according to a recent poll.
“The polls reveal an electorate eager for change. A large majority supports the opposition,” Congo Research Group (CRG), which commissioned the polling on which the survey was based, said in a statement.
Fayulu, a former Exxon Mobil manager is a new face in politics, but his star was rising swiftly when he became a joint candidate of an opposition coalition in November, but extensive campaigning, including plagued with Ebola eastern regions, has since lifted his reputation.