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How Congo’s election could unfold and why it matters

How Congo’s election could unfold and why it matters

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo held presidential and legislative elections this week against a backdrop of militia violence in the east, a chaotic campaign and claims the electoral commission was not prepared to hold a free and fair vote. Here are some key facts about how the election could unfold. WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR? Voting started on December 20 as planned, but some polling stations opened late and some didn't open at all due to machines malfunctioning, violence and other issues. Because of the issues, authorities decided to extend voting into a second day at polling stations that had failed to open.…
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Congo votes in extended election as some opposition demand rerun

Congo votes in extended election as some opposition demand rerun

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo held a second day of voting in a chaotic and in some areas violent general election - an unscheduled extension that some opposition candidates and observers say could open the results up to legal challenge. The presidential and legislative elections across Africa's second-largest country were derailed on Wednesday by delays in delivering election kits and malfunctioning equipment. People also struggled to find their names on registers, while violent incidents disrupted the poll in other places. The administration of President Felix Tshisekedi, who is seeking a second term, dismissed criticism of the vote and concerns about its…
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Congo extends voting for some after election marred by delays

Congo extends voting for some after election marred by delays

DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo will extend voting in its presidential and legislative elections into Thursday for those unable to vote on Wednesday due to issues in opening some polling stations, the election commission said. The decision, which caps a chaotic and delay-plagued election day, is likely to meet with pushback from the opposition and independent observers, who have already warned such an extension would undermine confidence in the results. At stake is not just the legitimacy of the next administration. Congolese election disputes often spark unrest with potentially far-reaching consequences. Congo is the world's third-largest copper producer, and the top…
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