A state-funded campaign war chest, fraud and intimidation make the President’s dauphin the heavy favourite on 23 December
Expectations of electoral chaos, fraud and intimidation lead many to conclude that Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary
, one of President Joseph Kabila
's ultra-loyalists, will be declared the winner after the voters of Congo-Kinshasa go to the polls two days before Christmas. On 19 December, the governor of Kinshasa, André Kimbuta
, suspended campaigning in the capital, ostensibly for security reasons. A rally for opposition candidate Martin Fayulu
scheduled for that afternoon was cancelled as armed police blocked his return to Kinshasa and fired tear gas at hundreds of his supporters. These events are fuelling rumours that the electoral commission may postpone polling day at the very last moment.
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