Low key elections held today
The people of the Republic of the Congo or Congo Brazzaville go to the polls today to elect a new National Assembly.
In all, 135 of the 137 seats will be contested with three districts of Brazzaville unable to vote because of a major munitions blast on 4th March. Around two million eligible voters will choose from 1200 candidates across nearly 6,000 polling stations.
The candidates are required to obtain a simple majority with a second round of voting taking place on 5th August where that is not achieved.
The Congolese Party of Labour (PCT) is expected to easily return to power although the main opposition party Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS) is contesting 70 seats along with the Alliance for the Republic and Democracy, an alliance of other parties. The National Council of Republicans (CNR) is putting up 20 candidates and the Union for the Republic and Democracy (UDR-Mwinda) is standing in an unspecified number of seats.