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In pictures: Voting in DR Congo

Election officials show crowds that ballot boxes are empty before the voting begins.

Officials showed the crowds the ballot boxes were empty before voting began - the orange boxes for the presidential vote, white for parliament.

People line up to vote.

Voting began an hour late and some people were getting impatient for DR Congo's first multi-party vote for more than 40 years.

Voters look at print outs of the candidates.

Some used the extra time to choose between a wide variety of parliamentary candidates.

A man folds his ballot paper

Voters in Kinshasa had to struggle with an 8-page ballot paper for the parliamentary elections.

A man posts his ballot.

They had to wrestle to fold the paper the right way and get it into the ballot box.

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