Kinshasa, DRC – The Democratic Republic of Congo‘s electoral fee has mentioned that 20 p.c of the polling stations within the capital, Kinshasa is not going to open for voting on Sunday.
The electoral fee (CENI) instructed Al Jazeera 1,600 stations out of seven,939 within the metropolis is not going to open for voting due to a scarcity of voting machines.
Voters can be directed to different polling stations within the metropolis, CENI mentioned.
Fireplace destroyed one of many fee’s essential warehouses in Kinshasa earlier this month.
CENI mentioned the blaze destroyed 8,000 of 10,368 voting machines due for use in Kinshasa.
Town is dwelling to about 15 p.c of the 46 million registered voters within the nation.
The opposition Lamuka coalition mentioned the choice to not open the stations was one other tactic by the electoral physique to disclaim voters the possibility to train their democratic proper.
“All that is manoeuvre the electoral fee is doing to try to exclude some Congolese from voting. We wish peaceable, democratic and truthful elections to be held this Sunday in the entire nation,” Rudy Mandio, senior adviser to Lamuka chief Martin Fayulu, instructed Al Jazeera.
“They’re coming daily with new dangerous surprises. After Beni, Butembo and Yumbi, it is now 20 p.c of the folks of Kinshasa who’re excluded,” Mandio added.
In the meantime, in Goma, the provincial headquarters of North Kivu province, protesters sad with the postponement of elections in two cities within the province burned tires and blocked roads earlier than safety forces used tear gasoline and reside rounds to disperse them.
CENI mentioned voting within the cities of Beni and Butembo will happen in March subsequent 12 months on account of an ongoing Ebola outbreak within the area.
The outbreak, which was declared in August, is the second deadliest in historical past and has claimed the lives of greater than 320 folks.
The fee additionally delayed the vote within the western metropolis of Yumbi till March following ethnic violence within the space that left not less than 100 folks useless.
The elections have been repeatedly delayed, resulting in lethal road protests.
The vote was first scheduled to happen in 2016 however was postponed to December 23 after CENI mentioned it didn’t have the sources to carry the polls.
Polls have been then delayed by every week to December 30 over the continued Ebola outbreak and the dearth of voter supplies, following a fireplace on the fee warehouse.
As many as 21 candidates are operating to succeed long-time chief Joseph Kabila, who’s stepping down after 17 years in energy.
DR Congo, a mineral-rich nation in central Africa dwelling to greater than 60 p.c of the world’s cobalt, has by no means had a peaceable switch of energy because it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.
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