President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa and President Edgar Lungu of Zambia have called on the electoral commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to speedily finalise the vote tabulation and release the election results in order to maintain the credibility of elections.
The two Presidents underscored that the delay in releasing the results of the elections can lead to suspicions and compromise peace and stability of the country.
Lungu, who is the current SADC chairperson for the Organ on Politics, Defence, and Security Cooperation, is on a working visit to South Africa.
During their meeting, the two Presidents were briefed by the Foreign Minister of Zambia, Hon. Joseph Malanj, who led the SADC Electoral Observer Mission (SEOM) during elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Ramaphosa and Lungu reiterated comments made by SEOM that considering the number of voters, the vast area had to be covered and the new technology implemented by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the elections were generally peaceful and the right to vote was protected.
They also commended MONUSCO and the DRC security forces for supporting CENI in ensuring that the people vote in a peaceful and secure environment.
The two SADC leaders also called on all the political parties and the generality of Congolese to remain calm and exercise total restraint, while waiting for CENI, as the constitutionally-mandated authority, to release the final results.
The two Presidents agreed to monitor the situation in DRC and committed SADC's support and solidarity.