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BBC - Kabila takes DR Congo vote lead

Monuc/BBC - August 10, 2006

Results in this voting center show Joseph Kabila leading in the vote count.The Democratic Republic of Congo's interim president, Joseph Kabila, has taken the lead in early results from last month's landmark elections.
EU: To give an overall national tendency is very premature and irresponsible

Monuc - August 9, 2006

EU observer - ElectionsThe European Union Electoral Observer Mission in the DRC (EU EOM) said this Tuesday August 8 2006 that there were some difficulties in the electoral process in the DRC and that they will continue to observe closely the electoral process.
Two elections held, four more to go

IRIN - August 1, 2006

Congo - ElectionsThe Democratic Republic of Congo's first democratic elections since 1960 were held on Sunday for the presidency and parliament but the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) must now prepare for four more elections between October and January 2007.
DR Congo holds watershed general elections

Xinhua - July 30, 2006

Congolese woman waiting to voteThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday is holding its first democratic presidential and legislative elections since independence more than four decades ago, hoping to turn a new page for the war-devastated nation.
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).
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 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.
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.
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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