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Cablegate: Drc Elections: Ciat Dismayed by Politicization Of

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM KPKO CG ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: DRC ELECTIONS: CIAT DISMAYED BY POLITICIZATION OF
VOTE COUNT

REF: A. KINSHASA 1231

B. KINSHASA 1223

1. (U) The International Committee to Accompany the
Transition (CIAT) issued a declaration August 3 expressing
its "dismay" over the "flagrant politicization" of the vote
counting process after the DRC's July 30 presidential and
legislative elections. The CIAT statement comes after a
similar communique was released August 1 (ref b) that
condemned the "abusive exploitation" of misleadingly
announcing partial vote counts.

2. (U) The CIAT met for the third time in four days on August
3 to discuss the conduct of some of the presidential
candidates in the post-election period. As reported reftel,
Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba's privately-owned television
and radio stations have been broadcasting selected, partial
results purporting to show that Bemba won the July 30
presidential contest. Television channels associated with
President Joseph Kabila have also been announcing voting
results from eastern DRC showing Kabila winning by wide
margins in that part of the country. Meanwhile, Vice
President Azarias Ruberwa continues to allege the July 30
vote was marred by fraud, and delivered a new statement to
the Independent Electoral Commission outlining a host of
"irregularities" witnessed during the vote.

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3. (U) The CIAT declaration notes as well that various media
outlets have contributed to the politicization of the
post-election environment by "bombarding" the Congolese with
incomplete -- and sometimes inaccurate -- voting results. It
notes that no one but the Independent Electoral Commission
(CEI) has the authority to release preliminary voting
results, and that the Commission will do so no later than
August 20 for the presidential race.

4. (SBU) Immediately after approving the declaration, all 16
members of the CIAT met with Vice President Bemba the evening
of August 3 and later than night with Vice President Ruberwa.
CIAT chiefs of mission will meet with Vice President Z'ahidi
Ngoma August 4, and have a pending request to meet with
President Kabila. CIAT will also meet on August 4 with the
High Media Authority and with editors-in-chief of local media.

5. (U) Post's unofficial translation of the CIAT declaration
from the original French follows:

DECLARATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE TO ACCOMPANY THE
TRANSITION (CIAT)

Barely four days after the historic voting of July 30, the
CIAT is dismayed to see a flagrant politicization of the
counting process on the part of Congolese politicians, a
process that has only technical and logistical attributes.
The media are facilitating and amplifying this phenomenon by
bombarding the public with random figures. The politicization
and subsequent war of figures instills the population with
tension, threatens public order, and the security of citizens
and their property.

As such the CIAT reiterates the following:
-- The Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) is still in the
process of gathering and counting the results of the
elections. It has declared that it will publish provisional
results for the first round of presidential elections by
August 20 at the latest;
-- As such, no one, absolutely no one, has complete or
reliable results from the first round of results at this
stage. Those results offered by the media represent, at best,
only partial indications that may vary significantly in their
character according to their origins;
-- The CEI alone is permitted to publish preliminary results.
No one else may do so, under penalty of law;
-- The Supreme Court is the only institution permitted to
validate the CEI's preliminary results;
-- The dissemination of slanted figures and false predictions
gives rise to confusion and not fact. The CIAT reminds the
media that they carry a heavy responsibility with regard to
the people, to the law and to history. Any measure used to
incite hatred or violence is punishable by law; and
-- The CIAT calls on the CEI to regularly inform the public
on the progress of the collection and counting procedures
including any difficulties that they might encounter.

On July 30, the Congolese people showed the entire world its

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maturity and civility by going to the polls in peace and
calm. The CIAT demands the same patience and calm from
Congolese politicians during the waiting period before the
CEI announces preliminary results of the presidential
elections. In view of the higher interests of the nation as a
whole, it invites them to accept the results of the ballot
boxes and to turn only to the available legal framework in
the case of contested results. Violence and calls to violence
are punishable by law.

(The CIAT is composed of the five member states of the UN
Security Council (China, the United States, France, the
United Kingdom, Russia), South Africa, Angola, Belgium,
Canada, Gabon, Zambia, the African Union (Commission and
presidency), the European Union (Commission and presidency),
and MONUC.)
MEECE

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