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Smudged ID cards, missing names blemish Congo’s $1 billion election

Smudged ID cards, missing names blemish Congo’s $1 billion election

CONGOLESE law student Stephanie Mbafumoja was exhilarated to sit for the photo for a voter identity card that would allow her, for the first time, to have a say in the future of her nation. The 23-year-old’s enthusiasm soured when she was handed a card bearing a distorted image she said looked nothing like her. Within a few weeks, the printed text on the card began to fade. "On election day, the card was completely illegible," she said, speaking in the city of Butembo, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a month after the December 20 election.…
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