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Violence cast shadow over presidential elections in DR Congo

 Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi face off with Congolese riot police on the road leading to Kinshasa Airport in Kin...
 Congolese riot police club supporters of opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi at Kinshasa Airport in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of...
 Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi are caught between tear gas fired by Congolese riot police and armed Presidential ...

Congo Election

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi face off with Congolese riot police on the road leading to Kinshasa Airport in Kin...

Congo Election

Congolese riot police club supporters of opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi at Kinshasa Airport in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of...

Congo Election

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi are caught between tear gas fired by Congolese riot police and armed Presidential ...

Violence has marred preparations for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential and parliamentary elections, but the head of the electoral commission says the country will be ready to vote on Monday.

This is the second poll since the civil war ended in 2003.

The large number of candidates — 11 for president and more than 18,000 for parliament — is also proving a difficult challenge for the nation’s electoral officials.

Congo straddles Africa’s vast center. In the most remote Congolese villages, UN helicopters are flying ballot boxes into distribution areas.

At least three people have been reported killed in the run-up to the elections. And one opposition presidential candidate said vote tampering in favor of the incumbent, Joseph Kabila, is already underway.

Around 20 people were injured Saturday, 12 seriously, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in an escalation of tensions.

President Kabila, who is running against 10 opposition candidates, is widely expected to win re-election.

The main opposition presidential candidate, Etienne Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress party, accused Kabila of electoral fraud. Tshisekedi has already declared himself the true president and for months has been urging supporters to prepare for a revolt.

But electoral commission president Daniel Ngoy-Mulunda said Sunday there is no evidence of fraud and despite reports of delays, voting materials have been distributed across the country.

Results won’t be announced until Dec 6, at which point election observers are fearful of an eruption of violence. After the last poll in 2006, security forces killed hundreds of opposition protesters in the capital, Kinshasa. And that was when Kabila was still popular.


Updated : 2021-10-18 09:31 GMT+08:00