allAfrica.com: Congo-Kinshasa: Vote Set for Sunday Despite Irregularities (Page 1 of 2): "On Thursday, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the DRC, Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, said despite 'many flaws', the population should go out on Sunday and vote 'massively'. He had threatened to call on voters to boycott and not recognise the results unless the electoral commission resolved the many irregularities.The Catholic Church counts 50%+ of the Congolese population (the largest Catholic communty in Africa), thus making it one the most influential, and certainly the most organized institution in the country. Its backing of the process is therefore crucial to the credibility of the polls.
Ambassadors and other international leaders in Kinshasa issued a joint statement on Monday, which, although strongly supporting the elections, also called on the electoral commission to 'respond quickly to criticisms or questions on alleged irregularities, each time they occur'.
One complaint has been that the commission has lost the names of at least 1.2 million out of the country's 25.7 million registered voters. The head of the commission, Apollinaire Malumalu, said the problem would not undermine the elections.
'Everyone with a voter card will still be able to vote even if their name is not on the list,' he said.
Each card contains a photo of the voter and a unique index number that can still be used as a cross-check, although there are reports of fake cards."
Earlier in the day the Islamic and Protestan communities, as well as the non-denominational Christian "awakening" churches had already given their approval, and called on all Congolese people to vote massively.
Also, there was a big fire at the camp of Jean-Pierre Bemba's personal militia' military camp, in the back court of his private residence. I am sure you have already by now focused on the big fire. Not me. He is a rebel leader, it is to be expected. What jumped at me was "private militia". What will this "militia" do when he does not win the elections? This is not good, not good at all! And with the way we have seen them behave today, in a clash with the police that left a person dead... I am not very confident...
Congo kino liwa!