Officials showed the crowds the ballot boxes were empty before voting began - the orange boxes for the presidential vote, white for parliament.
Voting began an hour late and some people were getting impatient for DR Congo's first multi-party vote for more than 40 years.
Some used the extra time to choose between a wide variety of parliamentary candidates.
Voters in Kinshasa had to struggle with an 8-page ballot paper for the parliamentary elections.
They had to wrestle to fold the paper the right way and get it into the ballot box.