UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Violence won't solve political grievances that surfaced after November elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. official said.
The U.N. Security Council described November elections in DRC as "seriously flawed." Rights groups said at least 24 people, including members of the opposition, were killed in the country after a DRC court upheld results that indicated President Joseph Kabila won the election over opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.
Roger Meece, the U.N. special envoy to DRC, told the Security Council that DRC authorities were reminded that violence does little to resolve political differences in the country. The United Nations said it considered the situation in the country tense.
"The elections themselves were marked by numerous problems," Meece said.
Election monitors said that irregularities wouldn't necessarily change the outcome of the presidential contest but more transparency was needed.
"It is our intent to do all possible to facilitate a full review of the election operations, and drawing from these and external observations, provide support to ensure improvements are implemented to achieve maximum credibility of future elections," Meece said.
The DRC is one of the least developed countries in the world.