More than 90 per cent of the adult population of The People's Republic of the Congo turned out on Sunday(24 June) to vote in the first elections for ten years.
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Background: More than 90 per cent of the adult population of The People's Republic of the Congo turned out on Sunday(24 June) to vote in the first elections for ten years. They were being asked to approve the new constitution adopted last December by the ruling Congolese Workers Party; first results said more than 90 per cent of those who voted had said 'yes'.
The election had another purpose: to choose representatives for the 115-member National Assembly, and select members of district councils, as well as filling over, 1,000 legislative and administrative posts.
The new constitution - as well as setting up the National Assembly - creates a Council of Ministers, a State Council and lays down a five year term of office for the president.
SYNOPSIS: In The People's Republic of the Congo, voters want to the polls on Sunday for the first time in 10 years. There was a turnout of around 90 per cent.
The elections had a twofold purpose: to ratify the new constitution adopted by the ruling Congolese Workers Party last December, and to elect representatives to the 115-member national Assemble and regional district and district councils. In all, nearly six-thousand candidates were standing for well over a thousand posts at national, regional and district level. Congolese Radio said the elections began "in revolutionary style."
At the town of M'Binda near the Gabon border, soldiers were on hand at polling stations to guard against any irregularities. None was reported throughout the county.
As first results began to come in, it was clear that the new constitution had been approved - voting was nine to one in its favour. As well as providing for the creation of a National Assembly, the constitution envisages a State Council and, a Council of Ministers, and limits the President's term of office to five years.