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DR Congo: Polls open amid fears of violence

Polls have opened for the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential elections, after a run-up marred by violence and logistical delays.

The head of the electoral commission said 99% of polling stations were ready and voting would go ahead as planned.

Polling stations opened at 0600 local time. Because DR Congo is so vast, this was 0400 GMT in eastern areas and an hour later in the west.

In all, 11 candidates are running for president and more than 18,000 are vying for seats in the 500-member parliament.

Will Ross reports from outside a polling station in Kinshasa.

  • 28 Nov 2011
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