DRC Catholic Church rejects vote result

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DR Congo's powerful Catholic Church says election results tallied by its observers do not match official results announced on Thursday by the country's election commission, which named Felix Tshisekedi as the surprise victor.

Earlier Thursday the country's electoral commission presented a delayed provisional count, naming Tshisekedi the victor with 38.57 per cent of the vote.

Congolese activist groups have urged people to "be ready to massively take to the streets" if the commission does not publish results in accordance with "the truth of the ballot boxes".

Leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has urged the electoral commission to announce the true results as quickly as possible and warned it not to "play with fire, it is very risky".

Tshisekedi's warm words towards Kabila fuelled suspicions among Fayulu's supporters that there had been some sort of behind-the-scenes deal.

Tshisekedi's supporters celebrated his victory.

Fayulu, who once tweeted that "When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn", was backed by two popular opposition figures barred from running, former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba and former governor Moise Katumbi.

Losing candidate businessman Mr Fayulu and ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary can contest the results. "This is the beginning of national reconciliation".

As the central African nation of 80 million people awaited the election results, riot police with water canon were deployed around the electoral commission and Kinshasa's main boulevard in anticipation of possible unrest.

If the church found Fayulu won, "how will population react?" She added, will the African Union "consider a power transfer "enough" or will they push for investigation and real result?"

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Already delayed by two years, the announcement of results was postponed by a further week to allow more time to overcome logistical challenges in a country of 80 million inhabitants spread over an area the size of western Europe with nearly no paved roads. The United States threatened sanctions against officials who rigged the vote. Dozens of polling centers opened hours late as materials went missing.

Among the challenges he would face is an Ebola outbreak in the east of the country.

Fayulu got 6.37 million ballots, while Shadary obtained 4.36 million, he said.

Spokeswoman Marie-France Idikayi tells The Associated Press that "we are waiting for the final deliberations of the electoral commission plenary session to end but the announcement room is prepared".

Western pressure likely has little effect, however, as Congo's government has rejected what it calls interference and expelled the European Union ambassador days before the vote. Long in the shadow of his father, the late opposition leader Etienne, he startled Congo past year by breaking away from the opposition's unity candidate, Fayulu, to stand on his own.

"Some observers have suggested that President Joseph Kabila's government sought to make a deal as hopes faded for a win" for Shadary, the AP reported.

But election chief Corneille Nangaa declared Tshisekedi the victor with 38.57 percent of the vote, just ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 percent.

Some Congolese have said Tshisekedi lost support by splitting the opposition.

During his campaign he promised a return to the rule of law, to fight the "gangrene" of corruption and to bring peace to the east.

Sarah Gardner, who works with the project's investigative initiative called The Sentry, said: "I think if that process goes forward, there needs to be worldwide support for full transparency and statements to that effect".

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