DR Congo elections: Martin Fayulu vow to challenge election results in court

Martin Fayulu
The opposition candidate in the just released DR Congo's presidential election result Martin Fayulu has vowed to challenge the result in court.

Speaking to journalists, Mr. Fayulu said the people of Congo deserved to know the truth of the election.

According to BBC News, the winner of the election (Felix Tshisekedi) was declared the winner amid accusations of a power-sharing deal with the outgoing president.

Election outcome

Several deaths and injuries have been reported in the wake of the results.

Key election observers including the Catholic Church, which had a total of 40,000 observers, said the election did not match their findings.

Fayulu said he will do anything possible in the constitutional court to get the truth to the Congolese citizen.

"I will do whatever is possible for me to do to get the truth because the Congolese want change," he said.

He added that though he did not trust the courts, that will be the only option to take to avoid any benefit of doubt from his opponents that he had failed to observe the law.

"Felix Tshisekedi has been nominated by Mr Kabila to perpetrate the Kabila regime. Because today the boss is Kabila," Mr Fayulu said.

Fayulu claimed that the President-elect knows very well that he did not win and he's being used by Joseph Kabila.

"Mr Kabila cannot stay and make an arrangement with someone who will not have any power... Mr Tshisekedi knows himself that he did not win."

Demonstration

He also said he feared there would be violence if the electoral commission did not give the true figures "polling station by polling station" and that it was the right of all Congolese to demonstrate according to the law.

Violent scenes were reported in Kikwit, where at least two policemen and two civilians were said to have been killed.

Protests were also reported in Kisangani but the south, where Mr Tshisekedi has broad support, was mainly in celebration.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged all sides "to refrain from violence" and widespread unrest has not yet been reported.

Election results

According to the National Electoral Commission, Mr Tshisekedi received 38.5% of the vote in the 30 December election.

Here are the full results for the four presidential candidates.

Felix Tshisekedi - 7 million votes

Martin Fayulu - 6.4 million votes

Emmanuel Shadary - 4.4 million votes

Turnout was reported to be 48%.

Source: BBC News