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Congo opens polls for long-delayed presidential election

Congo opens polls for long-delayed presidential election

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — People in Congo have begun voting in a long-delayed presidential election that could bring the troubled country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.

Some unrest is feared after a last-minute decision to bar an estimated 1 million people from voting because of a deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the east. The decision has been widely criticized as threatening the credibility of the election.

Two main opposition candidates, Martin Fayulu and Felix Tshisekedi, are challenging President Joseph Kabila's preferred successor, the European Union-sanctioned former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

Congo's 40 million registered voters are using voting machines for the first time amid opposition concerns that the results could be manipulated. Some Congolese observers have said voting materials didn't reach some polling stations in time.

Updated : 2021-06-25 06:03 GMT+08:00