International Observers under the banner of Association for Free Research and International Cooperation-AFRIC from Malaysia, Russia, Cameroon and Gabon were assigned to observe the election process at Bumbu, Kinshasa this morning.
At 06.40am the observers were at first polling station. Due to heavy rain, the installment of voting machine took time and very less voters were presented in the queue earlier by the time.
At polling station, the first voting machine been launched at 07.30am. The President of polling station was given briefing to voters on the process of voting and folding the voting card. Around 07.50am there was a misunderstanding by long argument between voter and electoral agent caused delay to start voting process.
Each polling station was highly secured by police and some armies at the main entrance to avoid people go inside. The first vote was started to commence at 7.55am and followed by other voters. After they vote in voting machine and insert the voting card into ballot box, each voter’s left thumb been marked with the indelible ink as a sign of they’ve voted.
Weather in the morning was not supportive for election. Due to heavy rain there were less people came for voting. However around 08.05am there were many people started to come after the rains get slow. Inside the polling station they don’t have proper facilities especially the lights. The area was full of darkness with just a small table light.
International Observers identify that DRC Community are hardly adapting to use the voting machine. Due to that the voting process for each person takes from 5 minutes to 10 minutes.