|Plans for referendum well advanced, polls chairman says|
IRIN - November 29, 2005
The man in charge of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was in Brussels on Monday to assure the Belgium government, which is providing him funding, that the first round of voting would take place as scheduled on 18 December.
|Hundreds displaced return home after nine years|
IRIN - November 18, 2005
Some 1,000 people who had fled their homes to live in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, for six to nine years have returned to their villages in the provinces of Equateur in the northwest of the country and Orientale in the northeast, humanitarian aid workers said on Thursday.
|150,199 cases of electoral registration fraud uncovered|
IRIN - November 15, 2005
The Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced on Monday that 150,199 people had been caught registering to vote twice.
|Soldiers face rape charges|
IRIN - October 6, 2005
In what the UN says sets an important legal precedent for the Democratic Republic of Congo, a court-martial hearing began this week in the northwestern province of Equateur for 12 soldiers accused of raping 119 women.
|Referendum to be delayed, official says|
IRIN - September 30, 2005
A constitutional referendum for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will not be held on 27 October as planned because only about half of the voters have registered so far, the head of the country's electoral commission said on Thursday.
|Once displaced by war, hundreds return to Kisangani|
IRIN - July 5, 2005
Around 890 people displaced from their homes almost seven years ago in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arrived in Kisangani, capital of Orientale Province, on Sunday after 43 gruelling days on a boat on the Congo River that came from Equateur Province.
|Rampaging soldiers kill nine civilians in northwestern town of Mbandaka|
IRIN - July 4, 2005
Nine people were killed on Sunday when about 100 soldiers went on the rampage to avenge the death of a comrade in Mbandaka, the largest town in Equateur province in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a UN spokesman in the country said.
|UN agency helps thousands of IDPs return home|
IRIN - May 23, 2005
Some 1,600 internally displaced people (IDPs) began their journey home on Thursday along the mighty River Congo, from Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the provinces of Equateur and Orientale, according to a UN official.
|First of thousands of refugees return to Equateur|
IRIN - April 29, 2005
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) repatriated on Thursday the first 109 of 57,000 refugees from the Republic of Congo (ROC) to their homes in Equateur Province, northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo
|UN agency to begin repatriation of thousands to Equateur|
IRIN - April 27, 2005
The first 100 of some 58,000 refugees who had been living in the Republic of Congo (ROC) in the past six years are due to begin returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s Equateur Province on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the UN refugees agency, UNHCR, announced.