Nearly 3 million voters register in DR of Congo's capital, UN says

Report
from UN News Service
Published on 02 Aug 2005
Nearly 3 million people registered to vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, before the six-week process was completed on Sunday and the rest of the country has geared up to register for the largest elections ever assisted by the United Nations, the UN spokesman said today.

The Kinshasa tally was 2.9 million out of 3.5 million potential voters, while 23,000 people had registered at centres which opened about a week ago in the western Bas-Congo province and northeastern Orientale province, Stéphane Dujarric told journalists at the daily briefing.

Voter registration centres were to be opened next Sunday in southeastern Katanga province and in Central, Eastern and Western Kasaï provinces, he said.

The polls will choose candidates to form the first democratic Government in DRC in about 40 years and to replace the present transitional multi-party administration, which took power as several regions of the vast country emerged from the conflicts over ethnicity and land ownership which still erupt sporadically in the east.