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Fire destroys thousands of voting machines Congo

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KINSHASA – A fire in a warehouse in the capital of Congo, Kinshasa, has thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes destroyed that had to be used in the presidential election of 23 december, said a presidential advisor on Thursday.

The fire put about 7000 voting machines in the shaft, about 70 percent of the equipment had to be used for voting in Kinshasa, where more than 15 percent of the population of the country lives. Therefore, it can be obtained for 19 of the 24 constituencies in the capital is lost.

The electoral commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo said in a statement that the preparations for the elections continue. That are meant to be a successor to choose for president Joseph Kabila, who, after eighteen years in power would have to go.

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