The first results from the December 30 election were due to be released on Sunday, but the election commission refused to release any information, even though it acknowledged that it had counted 53 per cent of the vote.
In a letter to Nangaa on Saturday, CENCO president Mgr Marcel Utembi said that, given the delay, "if there is a popular uprising it would be the responsibility of the CENI". But tensions have built over the lengthy counting process amid fears the results could be manipulated to install Kabila-backed Shadary in the presidency.
The Catholic Church, an influential voice in this heavily Catholic nation, turned up the pressure by saying it already knows there is a clear victor, based on data compiled by the church's 40,000 election observers. Government has in the meantime cut off all internet and radio access in the country.
The country's problems have been exacerbated by the refusal of Kabila to leave power after the end of his second mandate two years ago, which is why December's much-delayed election was invested with so much hope and trepidation. Western election observers were not invited to watch the vote.
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Trump said more troops would be deployed as needed to Gabon, DRC and neighbouring Republic of Congo.
Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. Prior to the DRC's long-awaited elections the USA ordered "non-emergency" government employees and family members to leave the country.
The delay has furthered suspicion that the government is working to rig the vote in favor of Kabila's chosen successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who was most closely challenged by opposition candidates, Martin Fayulu and Felix Tshisekedi. It did not publicly name the winning candidate, but it is widely reported that the Catholic observers have identified Mr. Fayulu, the leading opposition candidate, as the victor.
The delay is because of the slow compilation of the results by electoral officials.
"We are aware this process has always been surrounded by distrust", he said, referring to calls from the Catholic Church, the African Union, the USA and other diplomats for the government to announce accurate results. The eastern region is an opposition center and critics said the disenfranchisement of voters there undermines the election's credibility. He took power following the assassination of his father Laurent Kabila in 2001.