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Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Surveys are opened with a long delay DR Congo News



Kinshasa, DRC polling stations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the long-delayed election, were opened two years after their scheduled opening.

Vocal stations were opened at 5:00 am (00:00 GMT) on Sunday and closed at 17:00 (16:00 GMT).

In the capital Kinshasa, because of the heavy rain, there was a small queue of voters when the election centers were opened.

After casting his vote In the capital, Bumbu, in the capital, Peter Ekoto, 47, told Al Jazeera that the voting process was straightforward.

"It was a straightforward process, I thought it would be complicated, but it was not, it took less than one This choice is the fastest and smoothest I've ever seen," humanitarian Ekoto said it rained violently.

More than 46 million Congolese have signed up to elect the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has done so for over 1

7 years in the Central African country.

21 candidates are c successors to Kabila, who came to power after the assassination of his father in 2001.

The outgoing president, his chosen successor Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu all had their votes in the same polling station in Kinshasa.

Shadary said he was "confident in this election".

"As of tonight, I am sure that I will be the President of the Republic," he told reporters.

Fayulu said Sunday's vote was the end of Kabila's reign.

"With this vote, we are not only signing the end of the Congolese people's misery, but also the insecurity of our people, we are seeking change, and we must go through that change," he added.

The Electoral Commission said the official results of the presidential election will be announced on January 15.

Electronic voting

In Kinshasa, 20 percent of the polling stations did not open due to a lack of electronic voting machines.

19659004] Earlier this month one of the main camps of the Electoral Commission burned down in the city, destroying more than two-thirds of the city's voting machines. The capital houses four million voters, about 15 percent of voters.

Sunday's votes are the first time that electronic voting systems have been used, and some opposition and international observers have expressed concerns that the machines are more susceptible to ballot than traditional ballots.

Micheline Kabund, a 47-year-old teacher, said she finds the machines easy to use.

"But I do not know what's in the machine, if the outcome is how we chose, then the change will come, I hope the machines are not tampered with," she said.

Meanwhile, Blandine Kiemba, another teacher, said electronic voting was "complicated and difficult" for those who do not know how to read or use a computer.

"The machine is fast and easy to use, if you can read," she said.

Blandine Kiemba said electronic voting is difficult for people who can not read. [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

There is no vote in at least three cities where more than one million registered voters live.

Last Wednesday, the Electoral Commission (CENI) said it had postponed presidential and parliamentary elections in the three cities over concerns over the Ebola outbreak and ethnic violence.

In Beni and Betumbo in eastern North Kivu province, the vote was delayed until March of next year due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 330 people.

Votes in the western city of Yumbi in Bandundu Province will also be held in March next year for ethnic reasons Violence, which claimed at least 100 lives this month.

The country of DR Congo, a country with more than 80 million inhabitants, has not experienced a peaceful change of power since its independence from Belgium in 1960.


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