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Vote starts with good turnout

IRIN - July 30, 2006

Congolese in line to voteIn the first democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in more than 40 years, people started lining up early in the morning in many voting stations in Kinshasa and the east.
Congolese Hope For The Best, Brace For The Worst

VOA News - July 29, 2006

Elections - ProtestOn the eve of the Democratic Republic of Congo's first open election in over forty years, many Congolese are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst.  Many are worried about the outcome of the post-war election, once results are announced.
Elections all ready, says UN

IRIN - July 29, 2006

Monuc - ElectionsThe first round of the biggest elections the United Nations has ever supported are on track for Sunday, a United Nations (UN) military spokesman announced in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Finding an end to violence

IRIN - July 28, 2006

Elections protestA significant number of combatants from the various conflicts in Congo since 1996 have still not disarmed and many continue to destabilise the country, despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in 2002.
Violence rising as elections near

IRIN - July 28, 2006

Election - ViolenceColumns of smoke rose over Kinshasa on Thursday as political violence claimed the lives of three policemen and at least three civilians ahead of Sunday's elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
1,300 international observers for polls

IRIN - July 28, 2006

At least 1,300 international observers will be deployed all over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during Sunday's elections, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


Explosion Coincides With Congolese Rebel Rally

VOA News - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, a fire has broken out at the security camp of a former rebel leader just as he was holding a large campaign rally in the capital Kinshasa ahead of Sunday's post-war election.
Vote set for Sunday despite irregularities

IRIN - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsLogistical problems with Sunday's general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and reports that security forces are violating the human rights of candidates and their supporters will not delay the vote, according to the Independent Electoral Commission and the international community supporting it.
Congolese Rebels Reach Peace Accord Ahead of Elections

VOA News - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsThe United Nations says rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to lay down their weapons in advance of Sunday's elections - the country's first multi-party balloting in more than 40 years.
UN mission says rights repression must stop

UN News Centre - July 27, 2006

Congolese votingAffirming that security forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been routinely abusing journalists and other civilians since the start of its election campaign, the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC) calls for a guarantee of free speech and an end to impunity in a report released today.



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