February 6, 2012

Months after Congo's general elections, the nation's bishops continue to speak out about the legitimacy of the results.

"We believe that the electoral process is stained by serious irregularities which raise questions about the published results," the bishops' conference said in mid-January.

"We call on the organizers to have the courage and honesty to draw the necessary conclusions."

In December, the government said incumbent Joseph Kabila won the presidential race with nearly 49 per cent of the vote, but pressure has intensified on Congolese electoral officials to step down and on the government to cancel the announced victory.

Widespread fraud has been unveiled bits at a time since the Nov. 28 vote.