>> No winner has been announced in Congo's election but the country's Catholic church says they know who it is. The church one of Democratic Republic of Congo's most trusted institutions, says a clear candidate has won the presidential race. The vote took place on December 30th, and the religious institution is calling on the electoral commission to publish accurate results.
They're meant to be revealed on Sunday, but the election commission says that could be delayed with counting centers still waiting for 80% of voting tallies. The opposition says the delay could be used to manipulate vote totals, the church had 40,000 observers deployed on polling day, and say three things must now happen.
>> First, consider only the results of manual counting that have been published and displayed in front of polling and counting offices. Secondly, make sure that the consistency of checks at the local level of counting centers, are carried out in the presence of observers and witnesses. Thirdly, publish the results of every polling station.
>> If the count points to a victory of an opposition candidate, it could set up a stand-off with outgoing President Joseph Kabila's ruling coalition. Kabila's team insists that their man is poised to win, the poll is meant to mark the country's first democratic transfer of power. The U.S. is threatening sanctions against those who undermine that process.
The ruling coalition has cut the Internet since the vote, claiming they want to stop fake news. More than a million people also couldn't vote in opposition stronghold areas. The government said that was down to ethnic violence, and that the Ebola outbreak justified a decision to cancel voting in two cities.
Pre-election polling showed the main opposition candidates, Martin Fayulu and Felix Tshisekedi in the lead. Kabila's supporters say he helped reunify the country amid civil war, and has presided over strong economic growth. His critics accuse his government of brutally suppressing dissent.