BENI, Congo – Statutory elections have been waiting for a long time to take place at three regional centers in Congo after the authorities were forced to recover from Ebola and violence.
In Beni's town on Sunday, voters washed their hands before entering polling stations as a defense against Ebola, which is diagnosed with the movements of sick people.
Voters in Beni, Butembo and Yumbi were not allowed to vote in January when Congo chose a new president. Officials say that the Ebola virus was currently under threat from the eastern cities of Beni and Butembo.
General violence led to elections in Yumbi.
The overall turnout was low. Albert Somo, a teacher in Beni, said people were unhappy and were not discouraged because they were not allowed to take part in the vote for a president.