>> Much hope in the Democratic Republic of Congo rests on these new voting machines. Long delayed elections are expected in the country later this year. And the election officials see this technology as vital to holding those poles. Believing it will cut costs and help reduce electoral frauds. That's important, because past elections in the central African nation have been marred by voting irregularities and violence.
But these tablet-style voting machines imported from South Korea got off to a rocky start. One machine reportedly breaking down when it was demonstrated to a parliamentary commission. Many voters will be seeing the machines for the first time. And a quarter of Congolese are illiterates and likely to require assistance.
Congo's influential catholic bishops have called for certification of the machines by international experts. And opponents rejects the machines used.>>
> Use of voting machines is cheating, it's chaos and the future will prove us right.>> The December 23rd election would choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila.
His refusal to step down when his mandate expired in December 2016 sparked violence protest.
Opponents feared the president is looking for a pretext to delay the election so he can organize a referendum that would let him seek a new term. For western governments and investors, the election would be a crucial step towards ending political instability in the mineral rich country.
But doubts about the voting technology have increased fears that polls will be marred by chaos. Despite this, the DRC's election commission says voting won't go ahead without them.