Congo has a shambolic, unfair election, two years late

STANDING ON A chair in a shabby classroom, a technician peels the plastic off the end of a cable with his teeth and attaches it to some exposed wires that dangle around a light bulb. “Soon the machine will work again,” he says cheerfully to a queue of voters, most of whom have waited for more than five hours. Across Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, hundreds of voting machines did not work on polling day, December 30th.

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Liberia: GVL Executives ‘Banned’ From Leaving Liberia

[NEWS] The Associate Judge at the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Chan-Chan Paegar has placed a travel ban on officials of Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) Incorporated from leaving the country as a result of ongoing lawsuit against the company.

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Congo-Kinshasa: DR Congo Elections – Reversing a Dangerous Decision

[ICG] After postponing long-awaited elections, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission has announced a second delay in voting in some conflict-affected areas – until after a new president takes office. This decision disenfranchises 1.25 million Congolese and risks major unrest. The commission should rescind it.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Campaigning Violently Suppressed

[HRW] Kinshasa -Government security forces across the Democratic Republic of Congo have forcibly dispersed opposition campaign rallies ahead of the December 23, 2018 national elections. Security forces killed at least 7 opposition supporters, wounded more than 50 people, and arbitrarily detained scores of others from December 9 to 13.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Aid Groups Accuse UN of Manipulating Data Ahead of Polls

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Aid agencies working in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused the United Nations of manipulating data ahead of elections to give an overly positive impression of the situation in a country beset by conflict and disease.

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