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mocratic Republic of Congo's unruly election could be set for an equally chaotic outcome. That's because both the ruling coalition and the opposition claim they are heading for victory. And it's raising fears that a disputed result from Sunday's vote could ignite a powder keg. On the streets of Kinshasa, residents are hoping for calm.
>> It's better to look for ways of improving instead of burning the country because of election results. We don't need that in this country.>> The poll will choose a successor to out go President Joseph Kabila after 18 years in power. It could also mark the country's first ever peaceful deomcratic Transition following the bloodshed seen after disputed elections in 2011 and 2006.
The two main opposition candidates are Felix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu. And on Monday Tshisekedi's campaign manager said the pair were neck and neck in the lead. Both with 40%. He added that the ruling coalitions' canidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, had just 13%. >
> However, Shadary's campaign team said that, quote, victory is certain.
Without providing specific figures as unofficial tallies began circulating on social media residents in the capital said that most mobile internet connections had gone down in a possible move by authorities to stop the information from circling. It's the latest in what has already been a disorderly vote. More than 1.2 million Congolese have been unable to take part in three opposition strongholds where Congo's electoral commission canceled the poll.
They did that citing the Ebola outbreak and ethnic violence. The residents in one such state, Benny, staged their own mock election in protest. Opposition officials have alleged irregularities including outright fraud. There have also been reports of malfunctioning voting machines, absent voter rolls, and of Polling stations in prohibited locations like police posts or private residences.
The first partial results are expected from the National Electoral Commission on Tuesday.