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Congo Polls Delayed


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Wed, 26 Dec 2018 14:15 GMT

National Election Commission in Congo CENI announced Wednesday 26th, December, general election to be postponed to March in two cities affected by Ebola outbreak and ethnic violence, AFP has reported.

According to CENI, this delay will not affect the nationwide scheduled presidential ballot, which is being held alongside legislative and provincial elections on December 30th.

"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 December 30th, will now be held in March," CENI's statement said.

Presidential election results are set to be announced January 15th, with the inauguration three days later.

The poll has already been postponed three times, will end 18 years of President Joseph Kabila’s rule. Opposition parties said they would not accept further delays of the vote, and criticized the delay of the polls in two cities for affecting their chances at the polls.