Congo election observer saw ‘major’ irregularities in vote count


Congo election observer saw 'major' irregularities in vote count
A man re classifies voting materials at Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) tallying centre in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

In Summary

  • There are 179 counting centers currently tallying the vote across Congo.
  • The report from Congo-based SYMOCEL said 16 percent of vote counting centers it had observed relied on tallies transmitted by voting machines instead of hand-counted tallies as required by law.

An observer mission to Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election said on Tuesday it had witnessed 52 “major” irregularities in the 101 vote-counting centers it observed, including people tampering with results.

There are 179 counting centers currently tallying the vote across Congo.

The report from Congo-based SYMOCEL said 16 percent of vote counting centers it had observed relied on tallies transmitted by voting machines instead of hand-counted tallies as required by law.

It also said 92 percent of the vote-counting centers it had observed did not post vote tally sheets outside as required by law.

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