Congo election board delays vote in three cities, won’t count toward presidential results

FILE PHOTO: A signs rotates between pictures of presidential candidates Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, former Congolese Interior Minister (L) and Martin Fayulu, Congolese joint opposition (C) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congo’s electoral commission said on Wednesday that it was delaying Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections in three cities until next March, meaning that their votes would not be taken into account in the presidential contest.

The cities concerned are Beni and Butembo in the east, which have been dealing with an Ebola outbreak since August, and Yumbi in the west, where more than 100 people were killed in ethnic violence last week.

The elections will go ahead elsewhere in the vast central African nation on Sunday as planned, the commission said in its statement. Final results for the presidential election will be announced on Jan. 15 and the new president sworn in on Jan. 18.

Reporting By Giulia Paravicini; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Gareth Jones

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