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Violence, missing ballots mar election in Congo as voting extends to a second day

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A voter shouts at an election official at the Njanja polling station in Lubumbashi on Nov. 29, 2011. The polling station was attacked by seven armed gunmen yesterday, who burned all of the ballot papers, including those already cast. Monitors reported widespread fraud in Democratic Republic of Congo elections and presidential rivals demanded an annulment as votes were counted Tuesday in polling marred by deadly violence.

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A Congolese man walks Tuesday Nov. 29, 2011 through ballots claimed to be fake by opposition supporters and then shredded and burned in a school used as a polling station in the Bandal commune in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, one day after the country went to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. The vote is only the second since the end of Congo's last war, and the first to be organized by the government instead of the international community. The election was supposed to mark another step toward peace, but if the results are not accepted by the population, especially the country's fractured opposition, analysts fear it could drag Congo back into conflict

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The Congolese national army patrols on Nov. 29 in the the town of Saki west of Goma. The armed forces have been deployed following several attacks in the country following the just concluded presidential and legislative election that was marred with violence in some parts of the country.The DRC held its second presidential and legislative election since 1960.

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Results from a single polling station showing main opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi (bottom) with 56 votes to incumbent President Joseph Kabila's 36 votes (3rd from top) are posted on a wall in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, November 29, 2011. First results emerged from the Democratic Republic of Congo's chaotic elections on Tuesday but some voters were still casting their ballots in a vote tainted by confusion, violence and allegations of fraud. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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A voting official sits in the Njanja polling station in Lubumbashi on Nov. 29, 2011. Monitors reported widespread fraud in Democratic Republic of Congo elections and presidential rivals demanded an annulment as votes were counted Tuesday in polling marred by deadly violence.

 From the AP:

KINSHASA, Congo — After an election marred by missing ballots and violence, officials extended voting to a second day Tuesday in an attempt to prevent further unrest in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation.

Country experts had urged the government to postpone Monday's presidential and legislative elections, arguing that a delayed vote was better than a botched one.

Congo is in a race against the clock, though, because the five-year term of President Joseph Kabila expires next week, and the country could face more unrest if he is seen as staying past his constitutional mandate. For more on the story click here.