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Congo delay legislative voting begins in areas of Ebola



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BENI, Congo – The long-awaited legislative elections are in three cities in the Congo after the government postponed them due to Ebola and violence.

In the town of Beni, on Sunday, voters wash their hands before entering the polling stations to protect against Ebola, which is transmitted by body fluids of sick people.

Voters in Beni, Butembo and Yumbi were not allowed to vote in January, when the Congo chose a new president. Officials said the Ebola virus creates too great a threat at that time in the eastern towns of Beni and Butembo.

Elections were postponed in Yumbi because of intercommunal violence.

Turnout expected to be low. Albert Somo, a teacher at Beni, said that people were disappointed and perplexed, because they were not allowed to participate in the presidential elections.

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