USA sends troops for possible 'violent' Congo vote protests

A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa

The country's Catholic church has warned about a popular "uprising" if false election results are announced, according to The Associated Press.

Democratic Republic of Congo's Catholic bishops conference (CENCO) said on Thursday that results from Sunday's presidential election in its possession show that one candidate has clearly won, but did not say which one.

Jason Stearns, who runs the Congo Research Group, explains why their statement might be a "game changer".

He is stepping down after 17 years in office and has promised DR Congo's first orderly transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

Some 1 million of Congo's 40 million registered voters were barred from Sunday's election at the last minute as the electoral commission blamed a deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the east.

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The ruling FCC (Common Front for the Congo) told the BBC only the electoral commission is officially allowed to announce results.

The coalition "firmly deplores.the partisan, irresponsible and anarchic attitude of CENCO", said Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi, an adviser to outgoing President Joseph Kabila and a spokesman for Kabila's hand-picked candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

The Electoral Commission (CENI), the only body mandated to announce the victor said they are still counting the votes and urged all parties to remain calm.

Trump said some of the 80 personnel arrived Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities in DR Congo's capital Kinshasa, Reuters reported, citing the president's letter to congressional leaders. Although the UN Security Council met late on Friday to discuss the election, it did not issue a concluding statement.

The Catholic Church, an influential voice in this strongly Catholic nation, said that it already knows there is a clear victor, according to data reported by its 40,000 election observers deployed in polling stations.

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) opposition leaders are urging the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to ensure the decision made by Congolese voters in the December 30 poll is respected as a way of fostering democracy in the region.

CENCO secretary-general Donatien Nshole had said on Thursday that church tallies showed a clear victor in the election, which was widely interpreted as a warning against manipulating the results. Although election day itself was relatively peaceful, tensions have mounted over the lengthy counting process, with many fearing the result could be manipulated in Shadary's favour and with any delay likely to further exacerbate the situation.

Nangaa has blamed the slow count on massive logistical problems in a country the size of Western Europe with poor infrastructure.

This version corrects the first name of electoral commission's rapporteur. A separate team counted ballots as observers and political parties' witnesses watched.

"We are aware this process has always been surrounded by distrust", he said, referring to calls from the Catholic Church, the African Union, the USA and other diplomats for the government to announce accurate results. "Only the electoral commission can do that and we are here to check that this is what is done".

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