A top adviser for veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi says the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is to blame for the “fraudulent” November elections. Albert Moleka, the cabinet director of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress party and spokesman for Mr. Tshisekedi, said the UN mission failed in its mandate to help Congo’s electoral commission administer a credible vote during the November elections.
“We found out that all these election figures were all made up with the complicity of the MONUSCO because it was part of the commission that validated the results,” said Moleka. “It’s a serious matter because MONUSCO was supposed to [bolster] security for the Congolese people and also to help us through the electoral process.”
He said the electoral commission’s decision to halt the parliamentary vote counts proves both the legislative and presidential elections were a charade.
“It’s about time we put to an end this masquerade that began with the results of the presidential election,” said Moleka. “What we are seeing is that the same irregularities and fraud that were mentioned by all the observers’ mission were perpetrated again for the legislative elections. MONUSCO failed in its duty, and I want to emphasize that.”
Congo’s independent national electoral commission announced it was halting the parliamentary vote count until American and British experts review the legislative vote. The electoral body did not give a specific arrival date for the electoral experts.