Violence erupts as Congo polls close
Daniel Howden is Africa Correspondent for The Independent. He has reported from more than 50 countries covering everything from wars and elections to natural disasters and environmental crises. Special interests beyond Africa include southeast Europe, Latin America and global forests. A former Athens correspondent he has returned to Greece regularly during the European debt crisis. Now based in Nairobi, he acted as producer on the documentary 'Stolen Seas: Tales of Somali Piracy', winner of the Boccalino D'Oro prize at the 2012 Locarno film festival.
Wednesday 30 November 2011
Polling stations were closed a day late in the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday in an election that has been mired in accusations of fraud, intimidation and violence. International observers will give their initial verdict later today but opposition parties were already alleging foul play.
President Joseph Kabila is widely tipped to win re-election despite leading the country for a decade during which it has sunk to the bottom of the UN's development index.
Voting proceeded chaotically but peacefully in many areas. There were, however, reports of lynchings and ballot stuffing. Voting was carried over into a second day after ballots failed to reach several areas of Congo's interior, while tens of thousands of city-dwellers couldn't find their names on the register and failed to vote.
At least two officials were badly hurt by crowds in the capital who accused them of trying to stuff ballot boxes with pre-marked voting papers. Serious violence erupted in the mining centre of Lubumbashi where five people were killed in an attack on a truck carrying allegedly pre-marked ballot papers and on a polling station.
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