First Congo election since independence is mired in disorder

First Congo election since independence is mired in disorder

Congo‘s election officials began counting ballots Sunday evening, although many polling stations stayed open into the night to make up for lengthy del

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Congo‘s election officials began counting ballots Sunday evening, although many polling stations stayed open into the night to make up for lengthy delays in voting.READ MORE: Congo leader blames Ebola after excluding 1 million voters from electionNumerous problems hampered voting across the country, marring the presidential election the country hoped would be its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.Election observers reported multiple difficulties around the vast Central African nation, which is choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila after his 17 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.While many polls closed in the evening, others stayed open to allow those waiting in line to cast their ballots and at least one polling station was just getting ready to open.WATCH: Congo expels EU ambassador ahead of presidential election

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