Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo are counting ballots from Sunday’s presidential election after a day in which numerous problems hampered voting across the vast Central African nation.
People are hoping the often-delayed election to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila after 17 years in power will produce the country’s first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.
Election observers reported multiple difficulties around the country, which was supposed to have held the election in late 2016.
While many polling stations closed in the evening as scheduled, others had to stay open to allow people waiting in line to cast their ballots. At least one station hadn’t even opened before the planned closing time.