UN / DRC ELECTIONS

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for all parties to “refrain from violence” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the announcement of the provisional results of the long-delayed presidential election. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

10 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Wide shot, spokesperson at the podium
4. Cutaway, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General said that he took note of the announcement made by the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) on the provisional results of the presidential elections and commended the Congolese people and political actors for the conduct of the presidential, national and provincial legislative elections, which saw a broad and inclusive participation of political parties.”
6. Wide shot, reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Constitution and electoral laws. The Secretary-General expressed the hope that the Independent Electoral Commission, the Constitutional Court, the Government, political parties and civil society will each live up to their responsibility in preserving stability and upholding the democratic practices of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
8. Cutaway, reporters
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General further reiterates the continued support and commitment of the United Nations, in collaboration with regional actors and international partners, for the consolidation of peace, stability and development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
10. Wide shot, press room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The UN Mission there reports that the situation remains relatively calm. Ahead of the declaration of the provisional results, the UN Mission continued to provide its good offices by meeting with key stakeholders and to try to defuse tensions in line with its mandate. The Mission also continues to monitor the situation and follow closely developments in the country.”
12. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for all parties to “refrain from violence” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the announcement of the provisional results of the long-delayed presidential election.

The vote – initially scheduled to take place two years ago – if upheld, marks the vast central African nation’s first democratic transfer of power since independence nearly 60 years ago.

According to news reports, the preliminary results announced by the independent electoral commission, known by its French acronym, CENI, which declared opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the 30 December election, do not tally with the unofficial figures gathered by independent poll observers.

According to CENI, Tshisekedi took more than 38 per cent of the votes cast, ahead of rival presidential hopefuls Martin Fayalu and ruling party candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. Mr. Fayalu immediately rejected the result, said agency reports.

“The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the DRC’s Constitution and relevant electoral laws,” said Guterres in a statement released by his Spokesperson, late on Wednesday evening in New York.

In a direct call to CENI, the Constitutional Court, the Government, political parties and civil society, Mr Guterres urged them to “each live up to their responsibility in preserving stability and upholding democratic practices” in the DRC.

And as the country prepares to enter a new era without President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power since the previous incumbent, his father, was assassinated in 2001, the Secretary-General reiterated “the continued support and commitment” of the United Nations.

Together with regional actors and international partners, the UN will work “for the consolidation of peace, stability and development” in the DRC, Mr Guterres insisted, his comments coming amid an acute humanitarian crisis made worse by sporadic conflict involving dozens of armed groups in parts of the huge country.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 12.8 million people are now food insecure in DRC, including 4.3 million malnourished children, of whom 1.3 million face severe malnutrition this year.

This is despite the country’s huge natural riches, seen as a source of illicit wealth by armed groups who continue to hamper access for aid teams, which are also tackling endemic cholera – which threatens two million people - combined with a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu and Ituri.
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