Congo orders telecoms shutdown during presidential vote

Telecoms

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Congo Republic's government has ordered the country's two largest telecommunications providers to block all communications during a presidential election on Sunday and again on Monday, a government source said on Saturday.

The decision, which the source said was taken for reasons of security, will cause inconvenience and possible alarm in a country where there are few landlines and many rely on cell phone communication. It is also highly unusual in the context of an election in Africa.

"The Minister of the Interior indeed signed and sent a letter to ... MTN Congo and Airtel Congo to tell them that the state wants them to cut off communication on March 20 and 21 for reasons of security and public tranquillity," the source told Reuters.
Source: Reuters  16 March 2016