12 Jul 2009

Opposition claims Congo election neither free nor fair

8:56 pm on 12 July 2009

People in the Republic of Congo go to the polls in an election which opposition leaders say will be neither free nor fair.

President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, who's been in power for most of the past 30 years, is hoping for another seven year term in office.

However opposition candidates have urged their supporters not to vote, saying the government has inflated the electoral roll figures.

The opposition are calling for a new electoral commission and a complete update of the voter lists.

Many Congolese haven't been given voting cards, but according to official figures over two million people have been registered to vote.

But the Congolese Observatory for Human Rights says that's far too many to be true.