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Fire Guts DRC Voter Material Warehouse

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are assessing the damage caused by a fire that gutted a warehouse containing electoral materials in the capital Kinshasa, Chimp Corps report.

The Thursday morning incident comes just ten days to the much-anticipated elections.

The December 23 elections constitute a historic opportunity for the first democratic and peaceful transfer of power in the DRC.

Photos released by the country’s electoral body, CENI, showed large plumes of smoke from the warehouse billowing into the sky.

Cars, documents and plastics were destroyed in the fire.

At a press conference, CENI officials said the damage was not too significant to disrupt the upcoming elections.

Police and the military visited the scene to assess the damage and commence investigations into the cause of the fire.

The incident comes amid fears the outgoing leadership led by Laurent Kabila could attempt to sabotage the elections, a claim he vehemently denies.

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Kabila says he is ready to hand over power to a new leader.

Kabila has since rallied support for his former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary who is tussling it out with Martin Fayulu, Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe.

DRC has since invited international observer missions, including from the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to monitor the electoral process.

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