Provisional election results across the Democratic Republic of Congo suggest the incumbent president will win a run-off vote. They put Joseph Kabila on 58 percent, ahead of his rival Jean-Pierre Bemba, on 42. But Bemba’s supporters have rejected the results, claiming fraud. They say data gathered by their own observors at polling stations showed Bemba to be in the lead.
The Electoral Commission says it must examine the challenge before it declares a winner, but it has already published the provisional results on its website.
“It’s Jean-Pierre Bemba who is the favourite and he is the man the people voted for, no matter what the Electoral Commission decides,” said one man.
The world’s largest UN peacekeeping force – 17,000 strong – is in the country to ensure security. It has stepped up patrols in the capital, Kinshasa, which is likely to be a flashpoint. August’s first round results saw gunbattles on the streets, in which at least 30 people died. Just last weekend, four more people died in further clashes.