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The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has announced the provisional results of the presidential election of 30 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The preliminary results are being contested by some sectors of the opposition and some national observers, in particular by the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO). In order to ensure the credibility of the process and truthfulness of the ballot, it is therefore important that the CENI continue its work in accordance with the electoral law, in particular by publishing the minutes of each local results compilation centre.
The preliminary statements issued by the international and citizens' election observation missions indicated that, despite the difficulties encountered, the vote had allowed the electorate to express its choice clearly on 30 December. The European Union immediately joined calls from the African Union Election Observation Mission and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to ensure that the official results reflect the votes cast by the Congolese people.
We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims of violence in several towns in the country. At this critical moment for the country's democratic transition, it is essential that all political stakeholders refrain from any use of violence.
As pointed out by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Mr Moussa Faki, any challenge to the results must be pursued peacefully, through the avenues provided and through political dialogue among all stakeholders, to allow the democratic process to be completed.
The EU will continue to monitor the situation closely in cooperation with its partners, and in particular its African and UN partners.