Dirco denies allegations that SADC has called for recount in DRC votes

On Sunday, Zambian President Edgar Lungu issued a statement under the pretence of the entire SADC calling on political leaders to consider a negotiated political settlement for an all-inclusive government.

Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) agents count votes during an electricity cut while watched by observers at Kiwele college in Lubumbashi on 30 December 2018, following the close of polls in the country's presidential, provincial and national elections. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has denied allegations that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called for a recount of votes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On Sunday, Zambian President Edgar Lungu issued a statement under the pretence of the entire SADC calling on political leaders to consider a negotiated political settlement for an all-inclusive government.

However, Dirco says this was not the view of the entire SADC and it insists that SADC has never called for an election recount.

The outcome of last month's historic presidential elections is currently being challenged in the Constitutional Court.

International Relations spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said: “Very soon the Constitutional Court will make a ruling and we will get guidance. Any other speculation is unnecessary; it will lead to violence and instability.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)