Congo shuts down the internet amid issue-plagued election count

Congo shuts down the internet amid issue-plagued election count

As votes were counted Monday in Congo’s long-delayed presidential election, the internet was cut across the vast Central African country, apparently a

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As votes were counted Monday in Congo’s long-delayed presidential election, the internet was cut across the vast Central African country, apparently an effort by the government to prevent social media speculation about the results after a day of voting marked by numerous delays and problems.The country’s two major observer groups deplored the shutting down of the internet and Bishop Abraham Djamba, head of the Symocel observation mission, asked the government to restore it.Story continues belowREAD MORE: First Congo election since independence is mired in disorderThe official results are to be announced on Jan. 15, although preliminary results are expected within a week.The ballot counting and compiling is taking place after an election day beset by problems but in which many Congolese showed a calm determination to register their votes.Election observers reported multiple difficulties in voting in which more than 40 million were registered to cast ballots for a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after 18 years in power. The election had been delayed since late 2016, prompting the opposition to charge that Kabila was trying to stay on past his mandate.WATCH BELOW: Joseph Kabila votes in Congo’s election

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