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Election related chaos leaves 5 dead in DR Congo

(Xinhua)

11:04, November 29, 2011

KINSHASA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Five people have been reported killed in the violence that broke out on the election day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), a local source has said.

A senior government official told the media that the first violence incident took place at 3:00 a.m on Monday in Lubumbashi, DR Congo's second biggest city, after armed men attacked a truck carrying ballot papers.

The government official said that the army was called in to quell the attack and one policeman was killed. The four other dead were assailants.

By Monday afternoon, some polling stations had not opened because of the delay in the delivery of voting materials.

Earlier on Monday morning, angry residents set polling stations on fire and took off with ballots in Kananga town which is the headquarters of Kasai Occidental province.

The unrest began as the start of voting was delayed because ballots and poll materials had not reached the polling stations on time.

Still in the same town, an observer allied to the incumbent president's party was beaten nearly to death by voters who suspected her of delivering ballots that were in favor of the outgoing president Joseph Kabila.

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