DR Congo elections: Fayulu supporters fight Kinshasa police

DR Congo elections Fayulu supporters fight Kinshasa police

DR Congo elections: Fayulu supporters fight Kinshasa police

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, police and opposition supporters who demanded the annulment of last week’s presidential election have clashed.

Prominent candidates of the opposition have claimed that the election was fraudulent and have called for its rerun. Numerous individuals sustained injuries as police in the capital, Kinshasa, retaliated against demonstrators with stones and tear gas.

On the basis that it would not accept any attempts to interfere with the electoral process, the administration made it clear that it would not allow any protests to take place.

When it comes to the election that took place on December 20, officials have not yet disclosed the specific number of polling stations that were operable or the overall number of voters that participated.

At the 75,000 polling places, there were roughly 75,000 people who were registered to vote according to the voter registration information.

With little more than nine million votes tabulated, President Etienne Tshisekedi is currently in the lead in his bid for a second term. He has received about 80 percent of the vote, making him the front-runner in the voting process. He is around sixteen percent behind, and Moise Katumbi, a mining mogul and football magnate, is following him.

Former oil executive Martin Fayulu, who claims that he was not given the opportunity to win the election in 2018, is currently in third position with around 4% of the vote at this point.

Protesters against Mr. Fayulu set fire to tyres and exchanged gunfire with law enforcement personnel in the area surrounding the headquarters of his campaign in Kinshasa.

An effort to march to the headquarters of the election commission was foiled by a police operation that was positioned on critical city routes.

According to Mr. Fayulu, eleven of his supporters were hurt, although the police only reported two injuries on their end of the situation.

The election was hampered by a number of logistical and administrative issues, which resulted in the extension of voting for an additional day in certain regions of the country. Additionally, the opposition has levied allegations against the electoral commission, asserting that it orchestrated fraudulent activities and manipulated ballots to secure the victory for Mr. Tshisekedi. The allegations have been refuted by the commission.

Approximately four times the size of France, the Democratic Republic of the Congo lacks even the most fundamental infrastructure. Even a few of its most populous cities lack road connections.

At least two-thirds of the nation’s one hundred million inhabitants reside in poverty, earning no more than $2.15 (£1.70) per day. In addition, voters selected provincial, municipal, and parliamentary representatives from a pool of approximately 100,000 candidates. Due to insecurity, the elections were not conducted in certain regions of the east.

Dozens of armed factions have been engaged in competition for dominion over portions of the region, which contains a substantial portion of the nation’s immense mineral resources. This consists of enormous reserves of cobalt, an indispensable component of numerous lithium batteries and a prerequisite for a future devoid of fossil fuels.