Western nations asks DRC for election data

Western nations are asking Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission to release its voting data on DRC’s presidential election in light of claims by the Catholic Church that its tallies show opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was not the winner.

The United States, Britain, France, Belgium and Germany requested the results during a UN Security Council meeting Friday on the results of the December 30 election.

But electoral commission chief Comeille Nangaa Yobeluo said he can’t give provisional statistics to any other body but DRC’s constitutional court, which will hear any challenges to the results.

Yobeluo also asked the National Episcopal Conference, the Catholic church body, to submit its report on the monitoring of the election to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Russia, China and South Africa said the commission’s declarations should be respected and it should not be subject to interference and pressure.

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