Election Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: National vote to proceed despite violence

by Colonel on November 27, 2011


“Election officials in Congo said Sunday that a critical national poll would go ahead Monday, after a weekend marred by deadly clashes at political gatherings, reports of delayed ballots and fears that the vote could re-ignite conflict in the large, mineral-rich central African nation.

Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, said Sunday the vote would take place. Commission Vice President Jacques Ndjoli said separately: “We invite our people to go vote calmly.”

At least four people were killed in Saturday’s clashes when political supporters headed to Kinshasa’s main airport to welcome their candidate. Main opposition candidate Etienne Tshisekedi arrived; the president — who is expected to win the poll — did not pass through as expected.” — Saleh Mwanamilongo, Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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