KINSHASA, Congo | Delays, frustrations as Congo’s presidential election begins

KINSHASA, Congo | Delays, frustrations as Congo’s presidential election begins

KINSHASA, Congo— Scores of polling centers had not yet opened hours after Congo’s presidential election began, the electoral commission chief confirmed Sunday, as he faced shouts of “We wanted to vote!” and frustrated people walked away.

Delays were reported in other polling stations in the capital, Kinshasa, and other parts of this vast country. The election is Congo’s first chance to have a peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 as longtime President Joseph Kabila steps aside.

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