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Congo Seen as Heading for Presidential Election Run-Offs

VOA News - August 17, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaThe Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential elections appear to be heading for a run-off, with the latest results from Kinshasa showing the incumbent president's lead dwindling. The Kinshasa vote counts, which have started to be published heavily favor former rebel boss Jean-Pierre Bemba and, analysts say, will probably reduce President Joseph Kabilas lead enough to require a second round run-off.
The High Authority of the Media suspends three Kinshasa TV stations

Monuc - August 17, 2006

Ham - KinshasaThe HAM decided on Wednesday July 16 2006 to suspend three Kinshasa television stations for 24 hours, for non respect of the laws governing the freedom of the press.
MONUC repeats its appeal for calm before the results are announced on August 20

Monuc - August 16, 2006

MonucAt the weekly MONUC press conference on Wednesday August 16 2006, MONUC repeated its appeal for calm before the DRC election results are announced on August 20. This appeal was made amid growing speculation regarding the results and the outcome of the presidential and legislative elections.
Congo's Electoral Commission Rejects Fraud Accusations

VOA News - August 16, 2006

Congo electionsThe head of Congo's electoral commission says the July presidential elections were above board. While incumbent President Joseph Kabila appears to have an unassailable lead in the elections, opposition candidates continue to complain about what they call massive fraud and irregularity.
President Kabila Holds Strong Lead in Congo Election

VOA News - August 15, 2006

Joseph KabilaElection results from almost half the constituencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo show President Joseph Kabila with a strong lead in the country's first free vote in more than 40 years.
International Committee of the Wise: It is time to start thinking about real reconciliation

Monuc - August 14, 2006

Joaquim ChissanoThe International Committee of the Wise act as advisors and mediators in the DRC electoral process. We spoke to the Committee president and former Prime Minister of Mozambique, Joaquin Chissano, who gave his impressions on the process so far.
Kabila leads race for Congo presidency

Monuc/Sappa-AFP - August 14, 2006

Joseph KabilaDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila appeared on track to be returned to power, according to partial results from the country's presidential election compiled by AFP on Sunday.
Congo's Kabila Well Ahead With Nearly Half of Votes Counted

VOA News - August 14, 2006

Joseph Kabila and Olive LembeIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, nearly half the votes from last month's historic Joseph Kabila and his wife Olive, left, wave to supporters as they arrive at the airport in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Friday, July 28, 2006 elections have been counted, and incumbent President Joseph Kabila is well ahead. Mr. Kabila has 55 percent of the votes counted so far, but tensions are mounting in a capital fiercely opposed to him.
IEC: We are a bit in advance with the counting of the votes

Monuc - August 12, 2006

Cei officials count votesThe first reporter of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Dieudonné Mirimo confirmed this Friday, 11 August 2006, that the compilation results were slightly in advance with respect to the previsions and that the IEC will expect on the 20 August the announcement of the provisional result of the presidential elections.
W. Swing: It is necessary to be patient. This is not asking too much after 15 years of transition

Monuc - August 10, 2006

William SwingIn an interview granted to French television and published by the daily newspaper "Le Révélateur" in Kinshasa, this Tuesday, July 8, 2006, the head of MONUC, William Swing, clarifies the electoral process and asks the Congolese to be patient while waiting for the official results of the elections.



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