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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.
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).
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.
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.
Condemning rights abuses, UN official urges Congolese authorities to respect law

UN News Centre - July 20, 2006

Congo MapCondemning recent abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where demonstrators have faced opposition in violation of their right to freedom of expression, a United Nations official in the country today called on the authorities to respect its new Constitution.







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