- 30 December 2018 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46712759
A free election has finally taken place in the DR Congo in Africa. Many delays threatened to prevent the birth of true democracy in a country thta has never had a peaceful transition of power. But the election has finally taken place. Please join us in celebrating the bright future of the people of the Congo! The following story is from the BBC.
Sunday’s vote for a new president in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit by a series of delays that have left people frustrated.
The failure of new electronic voting machines in some polling stations was one of the challenges.
Polls have now closed in an election that is expected to bring the country’s first peaceful transfer of power since independence in 1960.
President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 17 years in power.
The final result is expected be announced in a week’s time.
The election should have taken place two years ago but was repeatedly postponed because of logistical problems, officials said.
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The run-up to the poll had been hit by violence and controversy over the decision to exclude some 1.26 million out of an electorate of nearly 40 million from voting.
Polls officially closed at 17:00 (16:00 GMT), but people still in the queue at that time were allowed to vote.
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