South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the electoral commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo to finalise the election process “with speed” to ensure the credibility of the poll and to maintain peace and stability, his office said in a statement.

Mr Ramaphosa also wanted all local and international groups to refrain from speculating until the electoral commission concluded the process, his office added.

The commission should be allowed to “perform its legal and constitutional duties without interference and pressure”, Mr Ramaphosa’s office said.