The results made public on August 2 by Guy-Georges Mbaka are without surprise and without appeal: they confirm the crushing victory won by the PCT in the first round. At the end of the second round of legislative elections, the presidential party sends 111 deputies to the National Assembly, out of the 151 seats available. During the reading of the results on the screens of public television, the Minister of the Interior and the Administration of territory however, did not deliver the overall participation rate for this second round. However, he listed the rates – very disparate – in the constituencies concerned, these ranging from 70% to 30%.
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According to the figures announced by the services of the Ministry of Territorial Administration at the end of the first round, on July 10, 59.77% of the 2.9 million registered Congolese had moved nationally, with however, a lower turnout in the major urban centers: the turnout rate in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire was then, respectively, 36.7% and 37.2%.
UDH and UPADS tied
At the end of the second round, the former single party, the PCT, therefore added 8 seats to the 103 seats won in the first round. Among the notable surprises, in Mouyondzi, in the department of Bouenza, Claudine Munari, the former president of the Congolese Opposition Federation – which was previously Pascal Issouba’s chief of staff and Denis Sassou-Nguesso’s minister before switching to the opposition – beat Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo, the PCT Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises. The Union of Humanist Democrats (UDH-Yuki) led by the late opponent Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas won seven seats in the new National Assembly, i.e. the same number of elected members as the Pan-African Union for social democracy (Upads), hitherto the first formation of the opposition.
During the electoral process, “peace, serenity and national cohesion were preserved”, welcomed the Minister in charge of the elections, Guy-Georges Mbaka, during his television intervention. In the coming days, the Congolese National Assembly must acquire a new office, while a technical reshuffle of the government is envisaged, according to sources governmental.