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S. African Observers: No major incidents or irregularities with the voting process

Monuc - October 31, 2006

Congo Kinshasa - electionsAt a press conference on 31 October 2006, the South African Observer Mission (SAOM) announced that the presidential and provincial elections "were conducted in a climate conducive for a democratic expression of the will of the people of the DRC," in the presence of the witnesses of the political parties as well as both the national and international observers.
The Secretary-General congratulates the people of the DR Congo

Monuc - October 31, 2006

Kofi AnnanThe Secretary-General congratulates the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their peaceful participation in the second round of the presidential election and the elections for the provincial assemblies, which were held on 29 October.
Death penalty for soldier charged with killing poll officials

IRIN - October 31, 2006

Congo soldiers in BuniaA military tribunal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's northeastern district of Ituri sentenced a soldier to death on Tuesday for killing two polling clerks.Sergeant Innocent Mamale on Sunday shot dead the two clerks from the Independent Electoral Commission in Fataki, 90 kilometres from Bunia, the largest town in Ituri.
DRC Election Officials Denounce Speculation

VOA News - October 31, 2006

Apolinaire Malu MaluElection officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have denounced the announcement of speculative results, following Sunday's decisive second-round presidential election. They have called for patience as results are slowly tabulated in the race between Transitional President Joseph Kabila and former rebel Jean-Pierre Bemba.
US Imposes Sanctions on 7 in Congo Conflict

VOA News - October 31, 2006

Laurent KundaThe United States has imposed economic sanctions against seven individuals accused of blocking peace and contributing to unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.President Bush Tuesday issued executive orders blocking the sale or transfer of any assets the individuals may have in the United States.
US Imposes Sanctions on 7 in Congo Conflict

VOA News - October 31, 2006

Supreme court of the Congo in flame after elections protestsThe United States has imposed economic sanctions against seven individuals accused of blocking peace and contributing to unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo.President Bush Tuesday issued executive orders blocking the sale or transfer of any assets the individuals may have in the United States.
The Congolese voted in peace

Monuc - October 30, 2006

Congo KinshasaIn spite of the heavy rain that disrupted the displacement of the voters in Kinshasa and in other cities of the country, the historic vote of Sunday 29 October, 2006 took place in peace. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) mentioned two isolated incidents in Equator province which caused at least one death.
Soldier kills two polling clerks in Ituri

IRIN - October 30, 2006

Petronille VawekaA soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo shot dead two polling clerks on Monday, raising the possibility of increased disturbances in the northeastern locality of Fatika where the incident occurred, Ituri District Administrative Officer Petronille Vaweka said.The officials killed were residents of Fatika, 90 km northeast of Bunia, the main town in Ituri.
Second-Round Vote Counting Begins in DRC

VOA News - October 29, 2006

Congo - electionsVote-counting has started in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following a second-round presidential election to end a transition period, and years of war and misrule. The national election commission says it is investigating serious incidents of violence that took place during voting in the northwest province of Equateur.
Rains, Violence Disrupt DRC Polls

VOA News - October 29, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaSecurity forces have had to intervene in several parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, after voting for presidential and provincial elections was broken up by rioting. In the west of the country, there was low turnout initially because of heavy rains.



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