SADC urges patience in DRC

H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, and Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. Photo: African Media.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has urged the people of Democratic Republic of Congo to be tolerant as the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) moves towards announcing the final results of the elections recently conducted.

DRC’s Presidential Election held under the combined Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections was held on 30 December 2018.

“SADC urges all political parties, candidates, and their supporters to exercise patience, and refrain from acts of violence, whilst the process of releasing all the final results of the elections is being conducted,” said H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, and Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

“We take note of the disputes that have arisen, and we challenge all concerned stakeholders to remain calm and act in a way that consolidates democracy and preserves peace.”

The Southern Region mother body further called upon all stakeholders with concerns, including regarding the accuracy of the results, to pursue any election dispute about the provisional results, peacefully, through avenues provided by the existing national legal framework, and resolve their differences through political dialogue among all stakeholders.

However, SADC reiterated its commitment to continue to assist the DRC with respect to neutralising the negative forces and other armed groups operating in Eastern DRC.

SADC also congratulated the Congolese people, the Government of the DRC, all political stakeholders and CENI for conducting the elections.

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