DR Congo election possibly not democratic at all

August 6, 2006

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have congealed into a farcical mess.

Logistical miscalculations in the running of the country’s first multi-party election in decades have resulted in many ballots being dumped or even destroyed, according to outside observers, and poor management has led to some polling stations waiting upto a week to have their ballots collected for counting.

However, foul play is not currently suspected, under the grounds that even a rigged election is run better than this.

9000 people stood for parliament in the election last week, with thirty-two candidates contesting the presidency.

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