DRC constitutional court docket proclaims Félix Tshisekedi president – JURIST

Democratic Republic of Congo’s constitutional court docket on Wednesday rejected the petitions difficult the provisional outcomes of December’s presidential election and formally confirmed Félix Tshisekedi as president of the nation.

The court docket declared that Félix Tshisekedi secured 73.47 p.c of the votes within the election whereas his fundamental opponent, Moïse Katumbi, secured 18.08 p.c. The figures given by the court docket barely differed from the provisional results, in line with which Tshisekedi received 73.34 p.c votes.

The court docket started its listening to on Monday and after two days gave its ruling; it rejected the petitions because it “lacked benefit”. The petitions have been individually filed by presidential candidate Theodore Ngoy and a citizen.

Théodore Ngoy, who completed final within the presidential race with 0.02 p.c of the vote, was the one opposition candidate who filed a petition in opposition to the outcomes hours earlier than the deadline to take action. Ngoy, a lawyer and pastor, who additionally ran within the 2018 presidential race and misplaced, demanded an annulment of the election. The election was termed a “sham” by some opposition candidates who boycotted the outcomes and demanded a re-run.

Martin Fayulu contested this yr’s ballot and in the end ended third with roughly 5 p.c of the votes. The remaining twenty candidates, together with Nobel Peace Prize awardee Denis Mukwege who labored for the feminine victims of wartime sexual violence in Japanese Congo, polled round one p.c or much less. Whereas some opposing candidates, together with Moïse Katumbi, rejected the electoral end result, most didn’t file petitions, alleging that the court docket was pro-government.

DRC held its presidential election on December 20, 2023. Nonetheless, the election was marred by widespread violence, and technical and logistical irregularities. In consequence, voting was extended by a day to account for the shortcomings. The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (CENI), chargeable for supervising the overall elections, reported that greater than 18 million Congolese residents solid ballots out of the overall 44 million registered voters within the 26 provincial assemblies. Following the announcement of the provisional outcomes, candidates have been supplied with a two-day window to file claims in opposition to the outcomes, and the constitutional court docket had seven days to look at any appeals. The window for the claims expired on the night of January 3.

Tshisekedi, 60, got here to energy in January 2019 after a disputed election and received his second time period as president in a landslide victory. The 2018 election marked a historic second because it constituted the primary democratic switch of energy within the nation since 1960, breaking a sample of earlier cases the place energy was seized via violence.

The president is scheduled to be sworn in once more on January 20.

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