- 32 million voters
- More than 19,000 parliamentary candidates for 500 parliamentary seats
- MPs paid $6,000 (£3,887) a month
- The Kinshasa ballot is a 56-page booklet of more than 1,500 candidates
- 4,000 tonnes of ballot papers
- 61 helicopters and 20 planes are delivering the election material
From an internal NGO memo I saw yesterday. In case you didn’t take it all in, I reemphasize: the Kinshasa ballot is a 56-page booklet.
Also not to be missed: Newt Gingrich’s PhD dissertation on (who knew?) Belgian Education Policy in the Congo. An excerpt:
Belgian Colonialism left the Congo with a solid infrastructure… but a pathetically inadequate leadership cadre
Personally I’m not so impressed with America’s education system and leadership cadre at the moment.
Readers: Esteem and notoriety go to those who find the best Gingrich quotes on African history.
Finally, for salacious details on yesterday’s Congo elections, see Jason Stearns. Other reader suggestions?