Congo rejects foreign aid to fund elections

Democratic Republic of Congo said it would refuse international financing for a long-delayed presidential election and fund the poll itself, saying donors’ conditions amounted to “foreign interference”. The U.S. and European countries have expressed concern about the electoral commission’s plans to use 100,000 new electronic voting machines, saying the system is untested and could allow fraud.

Government spokesman, Lambert Mende, said that the donors’ conditions amounted to meddling in Congo’s sovereign affairs and urged them to direct their contributions to other sectors such as healthcare and education. U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warned Congolese authorities in February to use paper ballots or lose American support for the polls.