US Congress set to certify Joe Biden victory amid protests

US Congress set to certify Joe Biden victory amid protests
Supporters of Donald Trump have been gathering in Washington ahead of the Congress session. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: US Congress set to meet on Wednesday to confirm President elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 election amid protests from Trump supporters.

A joint session of US Congress will count and confirm electoral college votes.

Some Republicans have pledged to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the presidential election result by formally objecting at the session, in a bid that is almost certain to fail.

Hundreds of National Guard members are being mobilised to tackle situation.

Supporters of President Trump have begun gathering in the capital to rally against the certification of his defeat, and counter-protests are expected.

Mr Trump announced in a tweet on Tuesday that he would be speaking at the “SAVE AMERICA RALLY” the following day.

President Trump has refused to concede the November 3 election, repeatedly alleging fraud without providing any evidence.

Mr Biden is due to be inaugurated as president on January 20.

The two houses of Congress – the Senate and the House of Representatives- will hold a joint session on Wednesday, where they will open sealed certificates from the US’ 50 states containing a record of their electoral votes.

Under the US system, voters cast their ballots for “electors”, who in turn formally vote for the candidates weeks after the election. Democrat Joe Biden received 306 votes under the electoral college system, to Mr Trump’s 232.

Bipartisan representatives from the both chambers of the Congress will read out the results on Wednesday and do an official count.

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