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Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year's highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer.

The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a fair election in December amid concerns that President Joseph Kabila, in office since 2001, will try to run again or hold on to power. He has remained after his mandate ended in late 2016 as the election has been delayed.

While Kabila cannot legally stand for a third term, the opposition worries he will. Already the election delays have been met with deadly protests.

As candidates face...

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