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In pictures: DR Congo votes

An election worker processes voters at a polling station in Bumba in DR Congo's Equatorial province.

People in DR Congo are voting in a presidential run-off many hope will help bring stability to central Africa.

A woman casts her vote for president at a polling station in Goma, Congo.

Voters are choosing between incumbent Joseph Kabila and his bitter rival, businessman Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Protesters burn ballot papers in the north-eastern town of Bumba

Polling has generally been peaceful but Mr Bemba's supporters have burnt ballot papers in the north-eastern town of Bumba, after claims of rigging.

Kinshasa polling station by candlelight

Heavy rainfall in Kinshasa meant some polling stations stayed open into the evening.

Voters seen through a broken window at a polling station in Goma, Congo.

Years of conflict and mismanagement have devastated DR Congo's infrastructure, such as this polling station.

An elderly woman holds up her voter registration card outside a polling station in Bumba, in DR Congo.

Mr Kabila is favourite to win, and enjoys considerable support in the east of the country.

Elections officials stand among ballot boxes as they prepare for elections at Kinshasa.

Mr Bemba, a former rebel leader, enjoys strong backing in the capital, Kinshasa.

Vote counting in Goma

The vote count began on Sunday evening but results are not expected for a week.

A woman walks by a UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo vehicle near the residence of presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba in Kinshasa.

The United Nations - which has a large peacekeeping force in DR Congo - hopes the vote will provide a boost to other poor African countries.






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