Presidential Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 9, 2011

 The United States continues to follow closely the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With today’s publication of the preliminary results, the United States urges the relevant Congolese authorities to complete the remaining steps in the electoral process by proceeding with maximum openness and transparency.

The United States continues to advocate to all Congolese political leaders and their supporters to act responsibly, to renounce violence, and to resolve any disagreements through peaceful dialogue and existing legal remedies. The Government of the DRC remains responsible for providing security for the people of the Congo. Any persons who use or incite imminentviolence to derail the democratic process must be held accountable.

The United States once again congratulates the Congolese people for the large voter turnout and enthusiasm for the November 28 presidential and legislative elections, and stands with the Congolese people in their quest to advance peace and democracy in their country.

PRN: 2011/2109