Kinshasa — The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government said it won’t accept logistical support from the UN for this year’s elections, having already ruled out external financial assistance for the vote. The country, which hasn’t had a peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence almost six decades ago, is preparing to hold presidential and other polls in December, after a two-year delay. The electoral commission said in November that the presidential and parliamentary polls are expected to cost about $420m and US officials have expressed doubt the body can organise the polls without UN-supplied hardware. The UN Mission in the country, known as Monusco, said this week that it’s set aside more than $80m to deploy aircraft to distribute electoral materials around the vast country. This type of assistance was used by the electoral commission in previous votes in 2006 and 2011. "We don’t need anything" and the government is "not making a request" for logistical support...

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