Democratic Republic of the Congo general election, 2006

Democratic Republic Of The Congo General Election, 2006

Democratic Republic of the Congo general election, 2006

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General elections were held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 30, 2006, the first multiparty elections in the country in 41 years. Voters went to the polls to elect both a new President of the Republic and a new National Assembly, the lower-house of the Parliament.

The polls were boycotted by the veteran opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, who complained of fraud. The international community donated $460 million to fund the elections and deployed the world's largest UN peacekeeping operation, MONUC, to help the stability of the election. While the election was conducted relatively peacefully, the collection of the results has proven chaotic, leading to armed clashes and growing fears of instability. As a result, DRC election officials announced that they would begin to release partial results earlier instead of only announcing the final count on August 20., Independent Online, August 7, 2006

On August 20, the CEI released its full provisional presidential election results, indicating that neither candidate was able to secure a majority, which led to a run-off election on October 29. On that day, voters went to the polls to vote in:
  • a run-off election for the Presidency, as no candidate obtained more than 50 percent of the vote.
  • an election of provincial parliaments , CEI, July 31, 2006


On November 15, the CEI released its full provisional results for the presidential election's second...
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