UN concerned over elections-related violence in DRC

Electoral Campaign in the DRC

Concerns over election-related violence remains ahead of presidential and parliamentary polls in the Democratic Republic of Congo slated for 28 November.

This is the second set of democratic elections to take place in the country since 2006.

More than 32 million eligible voters will get to pick between President Joseph Kabila and 10 others. Over 18,000 candidates will also be vying for 500 parliamentary seats.

Madnodje Mounoubai, spokesman for MONUSCO, expands on some of the challenges being faced in holding these elections.

"The number of candidates for the parliament…there are 500 seats but there are over 18,000 candidates. So as you see this in itself is a challenge. The ballot is going to be like a book that averages 56 pages. So this in itself is also a challenge in a country where about 70 per cent of the population are illiterate."

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