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Congolese to use contested voting machines for Dec. 23 election

Congolese to use contested voting machines for Dec. 23 election

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission is preparing contested voter machines for the December 23 Presidential election.</p> <p>The move comes after thousands of voting machines went up in flames last week in the capital Kinshasa.</p> <p>Opposition parties have strongly contested the introduction of untested tablet-like voting machines for the election.</p> <p>They argue that the machines are more vulnerable to vote-rigging than paper and ink, and could be compromised by the unreliability of Congo’s power supply.</p> <p>The commission believe the voting machines will facilitate, speed up and give reliable and truthful results in the long-delayed December 23 polls.</p> <p>Last week’s blaze at a depot destroyed 8,000 of over 10,000 voting machines due to be used in the capital Kinshasa, but <span class="caps">CENI</span> said the election would go ahead as scheduled.</p> <p>Though the commission has said nothing on who it believes is responsible for the fire, the ruling coalition and leading opposition candidates immediately traded accusations of blame. </p> <p><strong><em>Reuters</em></strong></p>
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