Congo ready for historic vote
Congo has the largest United Nations peacekeeping force in the world numbering 17,000 along with another 1,000 European soldiers.
Congolese look for their voter identity cards inside the electoral commission office in the eastern town of Bukavu July 29, 2006, a day before Democratic Republic of Congo's first democratic polls in more than 40 years. Euan Denholm/Reuters photo via Yahoo News.
Some 50,000 polling places will handle more than 25 million voters in a country as geographically large as Western Europe.
"The (African Union) congratulates the Congolese people for their patience, courage and faith in the future, which they have shown during long periods of war and the three years of transition," said an AU statement released Saturday.