Congo runner-up Fayulu asks court to order election recount
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu has asked the constitutional court to order a recount in the disputed election, declaring on Saturday that "you can't manufacture results behind closed doors."
Congo delays announcing results of presidential election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's government Sunday postponed the release of the results of last weekend's presidential election, fueling suspicions President Joseph Kabila's ruling party is maneuvering to cling to power.
No new date for announcing the winner of the Dec. 30 election was given. Electoral officials have compiled 53 percent of the votes and will not release any information until all the ballots have been tallied, said Corneille Nangaa, head of the electoral commission.
Congo delays presidential vote until Dec. 30, citing fire
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's electoral commission on Thursday delayed the country's long-awaited presidential election until Dec. 30, citing a recent fire that destroyed 80 percent of the voting machines in the capital.
Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital’s voting machines
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An early-morning fire in Congo's capital destroyed nearly 80 percent of the capital city's voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote.
UN Security Council asks Congo to examine voting machine use
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations Security Council has called on Congo's electoral commission to open dialogue on the use of voting machines for December elections.
French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who co-headed a delegation with ambassadors from Bolivia and Equatorial Guinea, said Sunday the security council wants the commission to consider a "broad consensus." Voting machine use has been disputed by some presidential candidates and opposition leaders.
Congo election commission sets Dec. 23, 2018 date for vote
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's top election official announced Sunday that a long-awaited presidential vote would not be held until late December 2018, months later than key opposition leaders have been seeking.
The tensions over President Joseph Kabila's continued tenure have provoked deadly street demonstrations in cities around the country since December 2016, when his official mandate ended.
Congo: December 2018 date set for next presidential vote
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese election officials say a long-awaited presidential election will take place in December 2018.
National independent election commission president Corneille Nangaa announced the plan on Sunday.
Congo has seen widespread anger over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to relinquish power after his mandate ended in December 2016 without an election being held.
Congo vote delayed until 2019, electoral commission says
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's long-delayed presidential vote cannot take place until 2019 despite a deal with the opposition that it would occur this year, a top election official said Wednesday.
The opposition immediately called the move a power grab, accusing President Joseph Kabila of seeking to extend his rule. There had been indications the election would be pushed back to 2018, but the new announcement escalated an already tense situation in the vast Central African nation.
Congo election commission: Vote can’t be held by end of year
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The head of Congo's electoral commission says it is not possible to organize presidential elections by the end of this year. The move goes against a political agreement with the opposition, which has accused President Joseph Kabila of clinging to power.
The president of the National Independent Electoral Commission, Corneille Nangaa, made the announcement Friday in Paris.
Congo plans to delay a national vote for 2 years to 2018
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's electoral commission president says a national election, originally scheduled for November this year, will likely take place at the end of 2018 — a two-year delay likely to cause more unrest in the tense central African nation.
Congo’s electoral commission formally requests vote delay
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's electoral commission has filed an election postponement request to the constitutional court, formally confirming that the Nov. 27 date for the presidential vote will be missed.
Commission president Corneille Nangaa said the commission filed the request Saturday because voter lists will not be ready for the Sept. 20 start of the election period.
The commission did not propose a new election date.
Congo electoral commission says vote should be delayed
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Voter registration for Congo's November presidential election will not be completed until next year, the electoral commission president said Saturday, suggesting that the vote should be delayed.
Independent National Electoral Commission President Corneille Nangaa said a voter register cannot be ready until at least July 2017 because of logistical problems in registering more than 30 million voters, and because of a lack of funds.