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U.N. Engaged in Operation for Congo Vote

The United Nations is tackling its largest electoral operation to support the first elections in Congo in 45 years, the top U.N. organizer said Thursday. The $430 million effort has already registered nearly 26 million people in a country the size of Western Europe without roads, said Ross Mountain, the U.N.’s resident coordinator in Congo. Mountain said the unexpectedly high registration “emphasized the enthusiasm of the population to finally … be involved in selecting their own leadership and legitimate government” after decades of corruption, mismanagement and conflict. Full Story

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