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Cablegate: Failed Candidates Denounce Presidential Vote

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KDEM CG ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: FAILED CANDIDATES DENOUNCE PRESIDENTIAL VOTE

REF: A. KINSHASA 1674

B. KINSHASA 1746
C. KINSHASA 1740

1. (SBU) Fifteen members of Vice President Jean-Pierre
Bemba's presidential campaign alliance, including Oscar
Kashala, issued a statement November 14 denouncing the DRC
Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) for releasing
fraudulent vote tallies. All except Roger Lumbala, whose
election to parliament was recently invalidated, are failed
first-round presidential candidates who joined with Bemba in
the Union for the Nation (UN) electoral coalition for the
second. Neither Bemba nor any member of his Movement for the
Liberation of Congo (MLC) party signed the document. There
is no factual evidence to support any of the claims in the
statement and a great deal of factual evidence to prove just
the contrary.

2. (SBU) The statement accused the CEI of stealing the
election for President Joseph Kabila. The 15 claimed that
their figures indicate Bemba won the election with 52.5
percent of the vote; CEI totals show approximately 58 percent
for Kabila and 42 percent for Bemba (septel). They
particularly denounced as exaggerated participation rates
released by the CEI for the eastern part of the country,
where Kabila has his core support. They claimed that
"information in their possession from credible sources"
indicated that eastern participation could not have exceeded
50 percent. Again, the claims have no basis in fact.

3. (SBU) The 15 "reserved the right" to renege on an
election-day accord signed by negotiators for Kabila and
Bemba to respect results published by the CEI (ref A). They
demanded that the CEI refrain from announcing provisional
results until it explains all "contradictory" information.
They praised Cardinal Etsou for his November 13 declaration
questioning the CEI totals (ref B) and invited others "to
have the courage" to denounce them.

4. (SBU) Comment: The statement is another in a series of
screeds emanating from minor league players trying somehow to
stay in the big leagues. The danger of such statements is
that in a rumor-fueled political environment, there will
invariably be citizens who take them for the truth. End
comment.
MEECE

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