Translated by Jacques Bahati ( Download the French version here)
Archdiocese of Kinshasa
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,
1. Sunday, December 4th, 2011, the CENCO [the National Episcopal Conference of Catholic Bishops] in a press conference and at St. Anne Church, I have made an appeal asking CENI [National Independent Electoral Commission] to imperatively make public the truth according to the polls.
2. In fact, as desired by the people, CENCO published the findings of its monitoring and that of several national and international observers. All the monitoring conclusions pose serious questions of the credibility of this election, just as the Carter Center report claims as well.
3. In analyzing the results released by CENI on Friday December 9th, 2011, there is no reason to firmly conclude that these results conform to either the truth or justice. How, for example, do you explain that on December 6th Mr. TSHISEKEDI, who had had 5,927,728 votes out of 17,329,137 votes cast, had 5,863,745 votes out of 18,144,154 votes cast on December 9th? How did he lose 64,000 votes even though results from 34,000 polling stations had been added?
4. But since the results are preliminary and must be confirmed by the Supreme Court of Justice, we strongly call upon those contesting the results to use legal remedies and not engage in violence. Eighteen deaths for elections is far too many.
5. In this context, the Church is morally bound to offer its assistance to justice to establish the truth from the polling stations where its observers were placed. Could the Supreme Court then feel conscientiously challenged by the Congolese people as a whole?
Done in Kinshassa , December 12, 2011-12-13
+L. Card. Monsengwo Pasinya
Archbishop of Kinshasa Metropolitan
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