Election Statements

Country

Date

Description

Statement

USA

06/12/2011

Mark C. Toner

Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

The US is following the situation closely, congratulating Congolese on their determination to see change in their country. US is denouncing any violent acts, urges political leaders to also denounce any violent acts. Urging CENI to publish results in a accurate and timely manner by polling station

USA

09/12/2011

Victoria Nuland

Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Reminds political leaders that violence is inacceptable in democratic process, declaring that the Congolese government is responsible for the security of it’s people and anyone committing acts of violence should be held accountable. Reminds the CENI to publish results by polling station to assure transparency. Any contestation of results should be done through the legal process.

Canada

09/12/2011

John Baird

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Canada is very worried about the irregularities during the elections, urge CENI to keep being transparent in publishing the results. They also ask for the political parties to remain calm and for the Congolese government to instruct its security forces to remain impartial.

UK

01/12/2011

Henry Bellingham, Foreign Office Minister

Pleased by the voters turn out, however concerned about the irregularities and saddened about the casualties pre and post voting day. Urges the political parties to wait peacefully and any contestation should be done through the legal process.

Belgium

01/12/2011

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Steven Vanackere

and Minister for Development Cooperation Olivier Chastel

Pleased that the elections actually took place, however they regret the violence on voting day and are also aware of the irregularities. Encouraging CENI to keep up the good work through out the rest of the process,, while asking candidates to respect the will of the Congolese voters.

Belgium

08/12/2011

Dominique Struye Ambassador of Belgium in Congo

Along with UK and France Ambassador, they went to see Tshisekedi asking him to calm his partisan in the Diaspora in those respective countries. States that it’s not up to the international community to certify results and asks CENI to be transparent.

France

07/12/2011

Spokeperson of Ministry of foreign affairs

While waiting on the results they ask candidates to renounce to violence and reminds the government that they are responsible of assuring the peoples security. Any contestation of the results should be made through the legal process and urges CENI to publish results by polling station.

EU

30/11/2011

Spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton

Applauds CENI for the effort, however regrets the violence that took place. Calls on the population to stay calm while the votes are counted.

EU

01/12/2011

UNION

EUROPEENNE

MISSION

D’OBSERVATION

ELECTORALE

Impressed by the voters turn out, hopes that CENI will publish results by polling station.

South Africa

05/12/2011

Department of International Relations and Cooperation

President Zuma is pleased that the elections followed the countries electoral law, although there were act of violence and the process was held in difficult conditions. Urge candidates to unite to take the democratic forward peacefully.

UN

09/12/2011

Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary general is following the situation closely; he condemns any acts of violence. Stating that any contestation should be done peacefully through legal process.

MONUSCO

01/12/2011

Roger Meece The Special Representative of the Secretary-General

Is concerned over the irregularities reported. Calls on political leaders to refrain from any violence and asks the general population to remain calm.

AU et. al

30/11/2011

Joint statement

Applaud Congolese for their determination to fulfill their right to vote, however regret the acts of violence.