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Cablegate: Drc Elections: 94 Percent of Electoral Districts

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TAGS: PGOV KDEM CG ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: DRC ELECTIONS: 94 PERCENT OF ELECTORAL DISTRICTS
REPORTING


1. (U) President Joseph Kabila leads Vice President
Jean-Pierre Bemba by 59.3 to 40.7 percent of votes thus far
counted by the DRC's Independent Electoral Commission (CEI).
As of November 14, the CEI has reported preliminary results
from 159 of the country's 169 electoral districts, nearly 94
percent. It has tabulated approximately 15.3 million valid
ballots, with 2.8 million votes separating the two candidates.

2. (U) As expected, Kabila has dominated the vote in the
DRC's eastern provinces. He has won 93 percent of the vote
reported in Katanga, Maniema, North and South Kivu, and
Orientale provinces; all but one district from Katanga
province has been reported to date. Kabila also won a
significant portion of the vote in Bandundu province, the
stronghold of his ally Antoine Gizenga. With all districts in
Bandundu reporting, Kabila has won 39 percent of the vote
there, compared to the 3 percent he received in the July 30
election.

3. (U) Also as expected, Bemba has had a strong showing in
the western and central provinces. He has won 79 percent of
the combined vote in Bandundu, Bas-Congo, Equateur and
Kinshasa provinces. In the central Kasai provinces, he has
won 82 percent of the vote, with all but seven districts in
that region are unannounced.

4. (U) The average turnout rate in the 159 reporting
districts is 65.8 percent, down approximately 6 percent from
the first round. Participation is down nearly ten percent in
the west and down slightly less than five percent in the
east. Turnout in Eastern and Western Kasai has risen
approximately 4.5 percent.

5. (SBU) The CEI has not yet announced when it will release
nationwide provisional results. The target date currently
remains November 19, although that could be moved up.
MEECE

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