KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Despite calls to annul the election results, a consortium of African organizations described elections in Democratic Republic of Congo as largely successful.
A joint declaration from the African Union, the Southern African Development Community and three other organizations welcomed "the successful holding of the elections despite the numerous challenges which the country is confronted with and have note the technical and logistical challenges that over shadowed the holding of the elections."
DRC had presidential and parliamentary elections Monday, only the second time the country held democratic elections since gaining independence in 1960.
Election observers said voter turnout was high though there were isolated reports of violence. Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, the country's election commission director, said there was nothing to warrant canceling the results.
"There's nothing to make us annul these elections, truly nothing, we aren't even thinking of it," he was quoted by the BBC as saying.
Four of the 10 challengers to incumbent President Joseph Kabila, including one-time ally Vital Kamerhe, said the vote was rigged in Kabila's favor.
Nearly 20,000 candidates, including the leader of a militia tied to crimes against humanity, vied for seats in the 500-member Parliament.
The BBC reports results for the presidential election are expected next week. Parliamentary results are expected in January.