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DRC’s Kabila denies delaying polls, insist vote will be on 30th December

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[DRC president Joseph Kabila. photo/courtesy]

The outgoing president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila has confirmed that election will take place on 30th of December.

Kabila said long delayed polls will happen on Sunday even as uncertainty remains over how prepared the vast country is to hold the vote.

The presidential elections, which were first scheduled to take place in 2016, have been repeatedly postponed over the past two years, angering opposition supporters and at times, sparking violence.

Kabila, who has ruled the vast mineral-rich country for more than 17 years, denied claims by the opposition that polls have been delayed in order to extend his stay in office.

Voting has also been delayed in western city of Yumbi, eastern city of Beni and also Butembo due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, which is the second deadliest in the country’s history claiming the lives of more than 320 people.

As many as 21 candidates are competing for the country’s top job.

The electoral commission said official results of the presidential poll will be announced on January 15.

The DRC, a country of more than 80 million people, has not seen a peaceful transition of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.