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There was a high level of participation in the Congolese presidential election and voting was generally peaceful, despite interruptions to means of communication and shortcomings in the organisation of the election.
On 19 February the European Union (EU) made a statement on the general circumstances in which the election was organised, and amongst other things noted the significant differences between candidates' means of campaigning and media access.
It is now important that the counting of votes takes place in an orderly fashion and is transparent and verifiable. The EU urges all politicians to use legal channels to resolve their disputes, and calls on the authorities to restore all means of communication.