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10 Congolese Youth on Why They Voted - or Didn't

Marie, 23

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Zizina, 19Guershom, 24Nathalie, 26Jeanne, 25Asina, 23Marie, 23Agnes, 18Christian, 18Claude, 18Jilly, 27

Marie, 23

"Normally elections are a sign of democracy. But reality on the ground has proved to us the contrary. Voting has become a kind of dictatorship instead. We voted, than our votes were attributed to another candidate."


The Democratic Republic of Congo held general elections on Nov. 28, 2011, with tensions and spurts of violence leading up to the vote. Almost two weeks later, official results showed President Joseph Kabila won re-election.