28 Nov 2011

Voting begins in Democratic Republic of Congo

9:58 pm on 28 November 2011

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 country's electoral commission says 99% of polling stations are ready and voting is going ahead as planned on Monday, the BBC reports.

At least three people were killed at the weekend, leading to a police ban on final campaign rallies.

It is the second presidential poll since the end of wars from 1996 to 2003 which killed thousands.