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DR Congo city vote in polls in detention as a result of the conflict, Ebola



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Voting went smoothly in areas Mavivi Ngadi and Beni, who saw some of the confusion with the participation of armed militants, AFP correspondent on the ground.

Man casts his vote at a polling station in the vicinity Mavivi Beni 2019. March 31 Picture: AFP.

BENI – Voters in Beni and Butembo, a city in north-eastern DR Congo disrupted by conflict and the Ebola epidemic, took part in the long-awaited elections on Sunday.

Parliamentary and municipal survey also took place in the western Yumbi region about 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of the capital Kinshasa, where the massacre in December claimed at least 535 civilians.

All three opposition strongholds in the vast central African country, with a total electorate of nearly one million.

Voting went smoothly in areas Mavivi Ngadi and Beni, who saw some of the confusion with the participation of armed militants, AFP correspondent on the ground.

At stake is 15 seats in the lower house of parliament DR Congo, with 500 lawmakers.

But they have no right to vote in presidential elections, three months after the opposition leader Tshisekedi veteran Felix won the vote in the first peaceful transfer of power since the country's independence from Belgium in 1960.

With no vote would have no impact on the balance of power in parliament, where the party of former President Joseph Kabila won commanding majority of seats.

Tshisekedi party is working to assemble a coalition government with Kabila.

Formation of the new government's closely watched for signs that Kabila will continue to dominate the politics of the country, where many senior ministerial posts are filled with his supporters.

Exploration surge in cases of Ebola fever in recent days after a lull for a few weeks. The epidemic, which began in August, so far killed more than 650 people.

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