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Congolese learning how to vote

Blondine Pendeyiki brought a handful of red beans to the voting station to cast the first ballot of her life and was dismayed when she was told she couldn’t use them to vote. Election workers say that after the first round of voting in Congo, they found notes like “I love you, I vote for you!” on ballots, or beans, peas or pebbles carefully counted to correspond to a candidate’s number on the ballot and folded into the voting papers — instead of the required thumbprints or crosses. Full Story

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