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Polls repeated in volatile areas

IRIN - November 1, 2006

Jean-Pierre Bemba voting on October 29,2006Repeat elections have been conducted in parts of the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri District following disturbances during Sunday's presidential polls.Speaking on Tuesday, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Apollinaire Malumalu, told IRIN that the disturbances had occurred in Fataki, 90 km northeast of Bunia, the main town in Ituri, after a soldier shot dead two polling clerks.
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.
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.
Voting begins, marking completion of long democratic transition

IRIN - October 29, 2006

Joseph Kabila voting on October 29 2006Voting began on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a presidential run-off marking the official completion of a transition from war to peace that began in 2003.
Election Observers in DRC Comment on Preparations for Sunday's Run-Off Vote

VOA News - October 27, 2006

Congo - electionsElection officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo are making final preparations before Sunday's presidential run-off election. Thousands of observers have deployed across the country to monitor the vote.
Human Rights Watch: Army Abducts Civilians for Forced Labor

Human Rights Watch - October 16, 2006

Congolese soldiersThe Congolese armed forces must immediately end their practice of abducting civilians and using them for forced labor in the country's northeastern Ituri district, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must investigate and prosecute soldiers suspected of these crimes.
Two militia leaders appointed army colonels

IRIN - October 11, 2006

Adolphe OnosumbaTwo militia commanders have been appointed colonels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army in a bid by the government to pacify the troubled northeastern district of Ituri, Defence Minister Adolphe Onusumba said.<







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