DRC: Martin Fayulu to file election result challenge

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Losing opposition candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) presidential election last month, Martin Fayulu, says he will file a court challenge against the result of the vote.

Rival opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was named the winner of the DRC’s long-delayed election, bringing an end to the rule of Joseph Kabila and the ruling coalition. However, the surprise result is now being contested by Martin Fayulu’s camp with the country’s influential Catholic Church also saying the result doesn’t match up with its own data.

DRC election result disputed

The DRC’s electoral commission announced Felix Tshisekedi as the country’s next president on Wednesday with more than 38.57 percent of the vote. Martin Fayulu was named as the runner-up and ruling coalition candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary came in third, according to the commission.

Despite the surprise result taking power away from the ruling coalition, the commission’s announcement has been contested by the DRC’s Catholic Church, which stationed thousands of election monitors prior to the vote.

The church had said there was a clear winner in the election, based upon its own data, while the electoral commission was still counting the vote – and now the church says the wrong winner has been named.

Martin Fayulu’s camp also contests the result, saying its own data suggests the candidate received a large majority of 62 percent of the votes while Felix Tshisekedi received just 18.9 percent and Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary 18.5 percent.

Martin Fayulu will officially contest the result on Saturday although the DRC’s electoral commission says it will only submit its own election data to the constitutional court.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.