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11 Congolese Candidates Call for New Election Head

Eleven presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for the head of the country's election commission to step down.

The candidates Friday demanded Apollinaire Malumalu resign, criticizing him for delaying the vote by a month.

They said Malumalu failed to organize the vote on time and that he then set new dates without holding talks with the candidates. The group called for political dialogue to create an atmosphere for holding what they called credible elections.

In all, there are 33 presidential candidates registered for the poll.

Malumalu said last week that the polls would be delayed by a month until July 30. It was the third time the voting has been postponed for logistical reasons.

The elections will be the first in four decades in the war-ravaged country

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.