Amid rainy weather, Democratic Republic of Congo’s outgoing President Joseph Kabila and his chosen successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, have voted in the country’s presidential election.
After voting, Kabila urged others to vote: “My message today to my compatriots is to come and vote for their candidates and brave the rain.”
Shadary called for “peace and calm,” adding “I am very confident in victory because the Congolese people will trust me, I campaigned all over the country.”
Meanwhile, opposition candidate Martin Fayulu also voted in central Kinshasa at the Gombe Institute, the same polling station where outgoing President Joseph Kabila and ruling party candidate Shadary voted earlier.
“It is the departure ticket for Kabila. Today, we are writing the end of Kabila, the end of misery for Congolese people. DRC will stop being the laughing stock of the world and we think the results will be in accordance with what the Congolese people want,” said Fayulu as he cast his ballot.
The current president Kabila, took over from his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, but he is barred from running for another term under the constitution.
He was supposed to step down two years ago, but the election was postponed after the electoral commission said it needed more time to register voters.
The decision triggered violent clashes, as the opposition accused Kabila of trying to cling on to power.