Irregularities Sighted by Observers During Elections
Monitoring groups of the DR Congo’s elections have mentioned that they noted widespread irregularities, including faulty voting machines and poorly run polling stations, overshadowing talk of democratic progress in the vast country of 80 million people during it’s general elections. The Dec. 30 elections were supposed to herald Congo’s first democratic transfer of power in six decades of independence and a new era after President Joseph Kabila’s chaotic 18-year rule, but this seems to be in the shadow as there were several malpractices observed during the polls which has led to the call of a recounting again. A second African bloc has called for a recount of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s contested presidential election. The demand is raising pressure on Kinshasa to fix a dispute that could fan unrest.