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DRC further delays 30 December poll in two conflict zones

The polls, already postponed three times, are due to bring the curtain down on the era of President Joseph Kabila, in charge of the mineral-rich country for nearly 18 turbulent years.

Electoral banners are displayed in the Ndjili district of Kinshasa on 19 December, 2018, after campaigning for Democratic Republic of Congo's general elections was called off in Kinshasa by the authorities on security grounds. Picture: AFP

KINSHASA - The Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday announced that key elections due to take place nationwide on 30 December would be postponed to March in two regions troubled by violence.

However, the delay will not affect the nationwide timetable for the presidential ballot, which is being held alongside legislative and provincial elections, the national election commission CENI said.

The polls, already postponed three times, are due to bring the curtain down on the era of President Joseph Kabila, in charge of the mineral-rich country for nearly 18 turbulent years.

"The elections in the Beni region and the cities of Beni and Butembo in North Kivu province, as well as Yumbi in the (southwest) Mai-Ndombe province initially scheduled for 30 December, will now be held in March," CENI said.

The triple elections were due to have been held last Sunday after a long period of political uncertainty.

But national election supervisors ordered a week-long postponement, blaming a warehouse fire that destroyed voting machines and ballot papers earmarked for Kinshasa.

Opposition candidates are concerned over the use of the electronic voting machines, which they fear will allow massive fraud. Electoral authorities say the machines will make the ballot more efficient.

The final results of the presidential vote will be published on 15 January, and the next president will be sworn in on 18 January, CENI said, without explaining how this would dovetail with the delayed vote in the troubled regions.

The Democratic Republic of Congo, the second biggest country in Africa, has a long history of political turbulence and violence.

It has never had a peaceful transition of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

In 1996-1997 and from 1998-2003, it became the theatre of two wars that left millions of dead and homeless and sucked in countries from around central and southern Africa.

Wars are unfolding in the east, where militia groups are carrying out bloody attacks.

The CENI statement pointed in particular to North Kivu, in the grip of "a terrorist threat" and "a dangerous, ongoing epidemic of Ebola virus" in the areas of Beni and Butembo.

At the other end of the country, in Yumbi territory, violence this month had caused an exodus and led to the destruction of election equipment, it said.

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