28 Nov 2011

Dr Congo elections still on

8:03 am on 28 November 2011

Presidential and parliamentary elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday will proceed as planned.

The BBC reports there had been fears the vote might be delayed because of violence between the supporters of rival parties.

At least three people were killed on Saturday, leading police to ban final campaign rallies.

The European Union, the African Union and the United Nations have called for restraint.

Independent National Electoral Commission head Daniel Ngoy Mulunda

said the 60,000 polling stations will open on time, with no postponement.

Eleven candidates are running for president and more than 18,000 candidates for the 500 seats in parliament.

It will be the second presidential poll since a war in 1998-2003. The last election in 2006 was marred by weeks of street battles led by supporters of the losing candidate.