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Vol 52 No 22

Published 4th November 2011


Congo-Kinshasa

Fears grow of poll delay

Electoral officials are trying to make the polls happen on time but the obstacles are many

The pre-election atmosphere is deteriorating. The government claims that the opposition is preparing an uprising and the government of neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville has accused President Joseph Kabila of looking for a way to prevent the parliamentary and presidential elections going ahead. Donors doubt whether the polls can even take place on schedule on 25 November but the Chairman of the Commission nationale électorale indépendante (CENI), Pastor Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, declared in late September that they would, while the opposition has threatened an ‘apocalypse’ if they don’t.

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