The U.S. Department of State, in a statement by its Deputy Spokesperson, Robert Palladino expressed its concerns about DR Congo’s recently concluded general elections (Dec 30) – the electoral body’s refusal to accredit international election observers and journalists, as well as the cancellation of results in Beni and Butembo regions which many have signaled as manipulative.
That isn’t the only thing bothering Trump’s government, the nationwide internet shutdown and press restrictions is also worrisome. Nevertheless, despite these challenges, millions of Congolese citizens turned out peacefully across DRC on election day to cast their ballots and make their voices heard. Now the U.S wants CENI – DRC’s National Independent Electoral Commission to ensure that votes are counted in a transparent and open manner, and have all accurate results across the 75,000 polling units collated and announced, with the involvement of observers. The report also expressed support for the African Union Election Observation Mission to DRC’s expectation, expressed on January 2, that the announced results align with votes cast by the Congolese people.