#Elections in the DRC: opposition challenges mobile operators

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The opposition plays the card of caution before the presidential postponed to December 30 by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Several Congolese opposition candidates, including Martin Fayulu, on Tuesday urged mobile operators in the Democratic Republic of Congo to take action against e-voting in general elections that have been postponed to Sunday.

These candidates suspect the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of having bought SIM cards to transmit the results electronically on the day of the vote, without waiting for the manual counting of the votes.

These results could be transmitted from the “voting machines”, the voting procedure retained by the Ceni, which is in the form of a touch screen.

The CENI states that the “machine” is used to select candidates and print ballot papers before manual counting.
A TV5Monde report on Sunday showed that voting machines could also be used for the electronic transmission of results.

“We are asking operators of telephone networks, Vodacom, Orange, Airtel, Africell and others to make available to the public all the numbers of SIM cards sold to the CENI, ” said several opposition candidates. “We call them to disable them to comply with the electoral law.”

Scheduled for December 23 after two postponements, general elections were postponed again until December 30.
The presidential election must appoint the successor of President Joseph Kabila, who can not run for office under the terms of the Constitution.

“We expect the Ceni to give us their ballots to vote, so there is no boycott,” said Martin Fayulu, one of the two main opposition candidates. “We know that the Ceni has given us a lot of traps and we have got out of its trap,” he added.

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