At this Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo, they're waiting for authorities to shed light on the country's recent election. The electoral commission, known as CENI, had said partial results would be released on Sunday. But on Saturday it said only 47% of vote tally sheets had been received, and that it was not yet clear when results will be ready.
At St Vincent of Paul church in the capital, Kinshasa, the faithful are fearful the ongoing delays could spark violence.>>
> The December 30th poll could mark Congo's first democratic transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. But tensions have risen after observers reported a litany of irregularities. Congo's opposition says that's part of the ruling coalition's efforts to steal the election. Worried that the delays could lead to an outbreak of the violence seen following votes in 2006 and 2011, the United Nations Security Council met on Friday to discuss how react.
It was, however, unable to reach an agreement. The United States has condemned a lack of transparency in the political contest while China, a major investor, has lauded the poll.
>> Congo's Catholic church body, CENCO, has said it has identified the victor based on its own tallies collected by 40,000 observers but did not name the winner. That announcement was condemned by the ruling coalition, and was seen as a warning from the church to authorities against rigging the vote.