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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.
UN Has Security Concerns for Congo's Elections

VOA News - July 26, 2006

UN official in CongoU.N. officials have expressed confidence in the overall success for Sunday's post-war election in the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo, but have also raised several security concerns. Some political militants want the vote postponed, pockets of the Congo remain unstable, while many candidates are refusing to campaign.
Official Says Congo Elections Going Ahead Despite Violence, Boycott Threats

VOA News - July 25, 2006

UDPS Election protestCongo's Independent Electoral Commission says recent violence and threats of a boycott will not stop Sunday's national election. Commission Member Grace Lula tells VOA that commission police, along with troops from the European Union, are standing by to protect citizens at the polls.
Security Council calls for greater effort to protect children in wartime

UN News Centre - July 25, 2006

Jean-Marc de La Sablière - French ambassador to the Secutiry CouncilAfter hearing presentations from United Nations officials about the 250,000 boys currently exploited as child soldiers and tens of thousands of girls subject to sexual violence, the Security Council today called for a "reinvigorated effort" to protect children in areas of armed conflict.
Annan warns against political repression in lead-up to Congolese elections

UN News Centre - July 22, 2006

Kofi AnnanExpressing concern over reports of political repression in the lead-up to the historic elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) planned for 30 July, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all Congolese, and especially the candidates, to ensure that the electoral process is free, fair and open.
Trafficking in illicit arms in DR Congo is a 'genuine threat' to peace: UN team

UN News Centre - July 21, 2006

Small ArmsDocumenting repeated violations of the Security Council's arms embargo against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a team of experts appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that illicit trafficking represents a "genuine threat" to peace and called for close cooperation with the UN mission in the country to address the problem, particularly in the run-up to the 30 July elections.
Escaping the Conflict Trap in the Congo

Crisis Group - July 20, 2006

Congo's elections at the end of the month could set the stage for renewed violence unless Kinshasa and donors increase efforts to create a transparent and accountable government.


European Soldiers in Congo Flex Muscles Ahead of Polls

VOA News - July 20, 2006

Gen Karlheinz Viereck, EU Operation Commander for the DRC
The European Union's Congo force carried out exercises Thursday to show what it could do to help secure historic elections at the end of the month. The EU put its men, helicopters and technology on display in an attempt to show that it is ready to ensure the first elections in over 40 years run smoothly.



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