UN / DRC POST ELECTION

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The Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), Leila Zerrougui, told the Security Council that according to all national and international election observation missions, as well as MONUSCO’s teams on the ground, “the elections went off correctly.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

11 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“All election observation missions, both national and international, as well as MONUSCO’s teams deployed on the ground, have indicated in their preliminary reports that the elections went off correctly, despite technical, logistical, and security issues. Everyone agreed that said difficulties in no way hampered the free movement of citizens nor did they hamper citizens from exercising their right to vote.”
4. Wide shot, Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO):
“Regrettably, serious security incidents were noted in several locations. Most concerningly, in Kwilu Province, violence protests have reportedly left at least 12 dead, including two national police and 10 civilians killed by live ammunition as well as significant public property damaged. Our teams are in the process of deploying to Kikwit - where MONUSCO has no presence – to ascertain further details and to engage with the view to de-escalate tension.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Comeille Nangaa Yobeluo, President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI):
“This handover of power is all the more important for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in the 40 years, 60 years rather, of its post-independence existence, in weeks to come we will experience the first handover of power between an outgoing head of state and an incoming head of state.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Ignace Gata Mavita, Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations:
“It is important for us to urge partners and friendly countries not to add fuel to the fire with this results, rather to endeavour to build democracy and peace by encouraging all political stakeholders and their supporters to exercise restraint, to prioritize the overriding interest of the nation by avoiding any and all violence which is liable to jeopardize social peace, and where necessary to have recourse to legal channels. It is indeed important for the peaceful climate that has prevailed during the conduct of these elections for this to be continued and safeguarded following issuance of the results until the historic handover of power between the departing head of state and the incoming head of state.”
10. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), Leila Zerrougui, today (11 Jan) told the Security Council that according to all national and international election observation missions, as well as MONUSCO’s teams on the ground, “the elections went off correctly.”

Briefing via video conference from Kinshasa, Zerrougui said that preliminary reports indicate that, despite technical, logistical, and security issues, “everyone agreed that said difficulties in no way hampered the free movement of citizens nor did they hamper citizens from exercising their right to vote” in the elections, which finally took place on 30 December, two years later than originally planned.

The Special Representative noted that “regrettably, serious security incidents were noted in several locations.”

Most concerningly, she said “in Kwilu Province, violence protests have reportedly left at least 12 dead, including two national police and 10 civilians killed by live ammunition as well as significant public property damaged.”

She added that MONUSCO teams are in the process of deploying to Kikwit in order to “ascertain further details and to engage with the view to de-escalate tension.”

Injuries, arrests and unverified deaths were also reported in Kisangani, the country’s third largest city, and several locations in Kasai province. Meanwhile a “tense situation” also prevails in several Kinshasa communes.

The provisional election result declared Felix Tshisekedi the winner on Wednesday, but another leading opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu – who heads the Lamuka coalition - has now formally challenged the vote in court, accusing the authorities of electoral fraud.

Also via video link, Corneille Nangaa, President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), spoke at length of the tremendous difficulties throw up by the long process towards polling day and beyond.

Nangaa pointed out that for the first time in the 60 years of the DRC’s post-independence existence, “in weeks to come we will experience the first handover of power between an outgoing head of state and an incoming head of state.”

For his part, the DRC’s Ambassador, Ignace Gata Mavita, urged “partners and friendly countries not to add fuel to the fire with this results, rather to endeavour to build democracy and peace by encouraging all political stakeholders and their supporters to exercise restraint, to prioritize the overriding interest of the nation by avoiding any and all violence which is liable to jeopardize social peace, and where necessary to have recourse to legal channels.”

He said that “It is indeed important for the peaceful climate that has prevailed during the conduct of these elections for this to be continued and safeguarded following issuance of the results until the historic handover of power between the departing head of state and the incoming head of state.”

Notwithstanding the significant snags, 40 million voters were successfully registered, and the election took place amid relative calm.
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