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Kinshasa holds its breath for DRC election results

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Riot police aboard a jeep in Limete, Kinshasa

Riot police aboard a jeep in Limete, Kinshasa

Hours away from the announcement of the delayed preliminary presidential election results, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital remains tense. On Thursday there were isolated clashes between riot police and UDPS party supporters in the Limete area of Kinshasa. Many shops and business are shut and most people are staying indoors.

Report: Clashes in Limete, Kinshasa

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

8 December 2011 at 20:00

Kabila in pole position ahead of preliminary results

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The DRC's electoral commission (Ceni) in Kinshasa

The DRC’s electoral commission (Ceni) in Kinshasa

Incumbent president Joseph Kabila leads his main challenger Etienne Tshisekedi by 10 per cent in partial results announced late on Monday. Ahead of Tuesday’s official preliminary results there have been diplomatic efforts to avoid any possible violence. Some residents of Kinshasa have been leaving the city for the safety of Brazzaville.

Report – People leaving Kinshasa

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

6 December 2011 at 17:00

Kabila leads DRC elections with half polling stations counted

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Packets of ballot papers lying on the floor at the Fikin International compilation centre in Kinshasa

Packets of ballot papers lying on the floor at the Fikin International compilation centre in Kinshasa

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s incumbent president Joseph Kabila is leading the presidential election, according to partial results announced on Sunday. The country’s electoral commission said Kabila leads his main rival Etienne Tshisekedi by over 1.5 million ballots.

Etienne Tshisekedi

Vital Kamerhe

Q&A Lambert Mende, DRC Communications Minister

Radio France Internationale

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Kabila leads in partial results from DRC polls

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Ballot boxes at the Fikin International compilation centre in Kinshasa

Ballot boxes at the Fikin International compilation centre in Kinshasa

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s incumbent president Joseph Kabila is leading the presidential election, according to partial results announced by the country’s electoral commission on Friday. The figures represent 15 per cent of the country’s polling stations and include almost no results from Kinshasa.

Report from Kinshasa

Electoral commission chief Daniel Ngoy Mulunda

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

3 December 2011 at 17:00

Praise and criticism for DRC elections in observer reports

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Electoral commission workers sitting atop a truck entering the Fikin counting centre, Kinshasa, 30 November

Electoral commission workers sitting atop a truck entering the Fikin counting centre, Kinshasa, 30 November

The results of international and national observation missions to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 2011 elections were presented in Kinshasa on Thursday. The European Union said the process was “inadequately controlled” while Congolese observers said they had seen irregularities at 15 per cent of polling stations.

Q&A: Andres Perello Rodriquez, EU observer mission

Leonie Kandolo, CAFCO observer mission

Rupiah Banda, former Zambian president, Carter Center

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

1 December 2011 at 17:00

Satan, exorcism and magic T-shirts – our favourite rumours from DRC presidential poll

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"I've voted, check out my indelible ink" - Voter at Institut De La Gombe in Kinshasa

"I've voted, check out my indelible ink" - Voter at Institut De La Gombe in Kinshasa

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa is a rumour mill. No more so that during the country’s 2011 presidential elections. The Congolese are sometimes superstitious, at times moralistic and always feverish in their chatter about the latest rumour. This has only been amplified by the country’s polls. Here’s a collection of RFI’s favourite election rumours.

Radio France Internationale

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UDPS party says five provinces secured in DRC elections

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A burnt out jeep on Avenue Munene outside the Ecole Dyavanga polling station, Kinshasa, 29 November

A burnt out jeep on Avenue Munene outside the Ecole Dyavanga polling station, Kinshasa, 29 November

As votes are tallied and counted in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections the main opposition UDPS party told RFI on Tuesday that despite fraud they are confident of securing victory. Etienne Tshisekedi’s party says they have secured enough for a majority and do not want to see the vote annulled.

Q&A: Ferdinand Nkashama, Secretary of the Election Surveillance Commission, UDPS

Q&A: Justin, Militant, UDPS

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

29 November 2011 at 16:22

Voting chaos and pockets of violence mar DRC elections

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Voters searching for their names on the voter list in Matete, Kinshasa

Voters searching for their names on the voter list in Matete, Kinshasa

Missing ballot papers and problems with voter lists kicked off the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections on Monday, with scattered pockets of violence throughout the country. RFI visited polling stations in Kinshasa, where frustrations ran high.

Q&A: Dominique Struye, Belgium’s Ambassador to DRC

Q&A: John Stremlau, Election Observer, Carter Center

Radio France Internationale

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Voting delayed in Democratic Republic of Congo elections

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Voting started late on Monday at some polling stations in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections, despite assurances from the electoral commission that all would be ready on time.

Live report from Kinshasa

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

28 November 2011 at 10:00

Calm before the storm? DRC goes to the polls

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Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo go to the polls on Monday in the country’s second election since civil war. Kinshasa had returned to calm on Sunday after a standoff at the capital’s international airport and violence that left up to eight people dead. The DRC’s electoral commission chief has once again said everything will be ready in time.

Q&A: Malefetsane Nkhahle, SADC ECF

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

27 November 2011 at 20:55