According to his campaign manager, opponent Martin Fayulu is “largely in the lead” after “one-third of the ballots have been stripped”. The camp of the majority candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, for his part said “serene”, but refuses to give results.

Twenty-four hours after the official closure of the polls in the DRC , the camp of the opponent Martin Fayulu has finally risked announcing “trends” in Kinshasa.

“The trends are clear: they put the Lamuka coalition candidate, Martin Fayulu Madidi, largely in the lead,” his campaign director, Pierre Lumbi, told the press at the headquarters of the G7 political party in Kinshasa, shortly after 17h.

These “trends” are based on “more than a third of the ballots … scrutinized nationally,” according to Pierre Lumbi.

Earlier in the day, Barnabas Kikaya Bin Karubi, a spokesman for the majority candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, had refused to “proclaim the election results in advance” in order to respect “the act of engagement”, signed by the candidate on the proposal of the SADC. “Our platform is serene,” he added, however, in this statement to the press, at the Botanical Garden of the capital.

First results published on January 1st?
The first official partial results could be published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni) on Tuesday 1 January.

The opponent Felix Tshisekedi’s camp had not yet made a statement in the late afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the Internet had been cut in the country, without explanation from the authorities.

By “security measure”, the return to school was postponed to January 21 in Belgian and French DRC. It was supposed to intervene on the 7th, the day after the announcement of the results by Ceni.