Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday threatened to mar the country’s second democratic elections since emerging from years of civil war. Masked gunmen attacked one polling station in Katanga, whilst UN sources told AFP that several had been torched in West Kasai.
There was also a scuffle in the capital, Kinshasa, where crowds claimed to have found an election official trying to rig ballots.
“We caught this guy with a whole load of used ballot papers in support of one candidate. We caught him looking for ways to put them in the ballot boxes,” said Bonniface Muama, a local resident.
Thirty million registered voters are going to choose a new president and MPs for the country’s 500-seat parliament. Incumbent head of state Joseph Kabila, in office since 2001, is tipped to win again. Analysts say this is owing to the opposition’s failure to unite behind a single candidate.