By Kayemba Mvula and Edward Sloan
As a research organization specializing in data collection in complex and challenging environments, Forcier and its staff in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) watched with fascination as the electoral and vote-counting process unfolded in the country over the last several weeks.
After a two-year delay, presidential and legislative elections were held on December 30th, 2018, representing an opportunity for the country to witness its first peaceful and democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. Incumbent Joseph Kabila, barred from running for a third term, backed his former Defense Minister, Emmanuel Shadary, who was opposed by two candidates from the opposition, Félix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu.
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