Dr Congo vote count starts following violent voting day

Reuters Africa

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Officials began counting votes in Democratic Republic of Congo’s second post-war election overnight, after a polling day marred by confusion, violence and alleged fraud.

Organisers pushed ahead with the presidential and parliamentary elections in the vast Central African nation despite fears that logistical delays and complaints over the process would create a bitterly contested result.

President Joseph Kabila faces ten rivals, headed by veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. About 18,500 people are running for 500 seats in parliament. Read more…

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