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DR Congo election postponement deals further blow to voter confidence

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has now lost the last remnants of the trust it still enjoyed among the Congolese population.

With just four days to go, it announced a postponement of the presidential, parliamentary and regional elections originally scheduled for December 23. This is now the third delay. In fact, a new president should have been elected in 2006. But the government and the electoral commission (which is independent in name only) repeatedly came up with reasons why an election could not be held. Now there is a postponement of seven days. A ridiculously short period of time. But long enough to infuriate the opposition and civil society.

Dirke Köpp heads DW's French for Africa service

Announcing the latest delay, head of CENI Corneille Nangaa said it was due to a fire........

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