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DRC towns vote in polls in detention as a result of the conflict, Ebola


Voters in Beni and Butembo, a city in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, shattered 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 some 300km north of the capital Kinshasa, three months after the massacre, killing 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 the Parliament of the DRC, with 500 lawmakers.

"We're not quite happy '

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

There will be no vote would have no effect 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.

In Beni, the voter Patrick Kasunga said "we are not completely happy" in three cities, which vote on Sunday because "they all wanted to vote for the president, but the (election commission) stole the choice we have."

poll on Sunday should be a 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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