NEW YORK (United Nations) – The UN Security Council met on Friday in camera to discuss the presidential election in Democratic Republic of the Congo awaiting the results of this historic vote.
France had called for this meeting in the wake of the call of the European Union and the African Union to the authorities of the DRC to respect the outcome of Sunday's vote.
The publication of the results, originally scheduled for January 6, could be delayed.
During the closed meeting, the members of the Council heard a report by Leïla Zerrougui UN Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
During a nearly two-hour discussion, Council members could not agree on a joint communiqué. Several countries, including Africa, said it was premature to do so, diplomats said.
"These elections have allowed the expression of the sovereign will of the Congolese people.The consolidation of the results must continue in the transparency," said François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the UN, at the end of the Council.
"The results to be proclaimed must conform to the vote of the Congolese people," he continued.
A public meeting of the Council is scheduled for Tuesday on the subject.
The Western powers hope that this country will experience its first peaceful change at the head of the state since its independence in 1960.
President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, was not a candidate for re-election. A total of 21 contenders, including former Interior Minister and power candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, were in the running.
The Congolese Catholic Church, which had deployed thousands of election observers, said Thursday it was the winner of the poll.
The Congolese Bishops' Conference (CENCO) asked the Electoral Commission (CENI) to proclaim the results in "truth and justice".
The United States also called on DRC electoral authorities on Thursday to "respect" the Congolese choice by publishing "exact" results, with threats of sanctions in the opposite case.
Prior to the Council meeting, South African Ambassador Jerry Matjila told reporters that the world must be "very, very patient" during the vote count.
million. Matjila, whose country is a member of the Community of Southern African States (SADC) – which includes the DRC – seemed to downplay the appeal of the episcopal conference.
CENCO "can say what it wants but as a member state of the UN, SADC, we will wait (…) the announcement" of the result by the people "in charge of elections" .
CENI President Corneille Nangaa, said Thursday, that the Commission is also considering a postponement of the announcement of provisional results originally scheduled Sunday "at the latest", because of the "manual counting of newsletters."
General elections have been postponed three times in the DRC since the end of Joseph Kabila's second constitutional term at the end of 2016: from December 2016 to December 2017, from December 2017 to December 23, 2018, and from December 23 to 30, 2018.
"We are not sleeping, we are doing our best to publish the results on January 6. But if we do not do it, we will not be able to do it," said Corneille Nangaa. The Ceni said on Tuesday that provisional results would be proclaimed "at the latest" Sunday.