DR Congo elections: What you need to know
21 November 2011 Last updated at 12:31 GMT
The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo go to the polls on 28 November to choose a president and a parliament, as the country emerges from dictatorship and a five-year civil war.
Incumbent Joseph Kabila has been in power since his father Laurent was assassinated in 2001, and is claiming his reform programme would come to fruition during another term in office.
The country's foremost opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, promises swift change.
BBC Afrique's Arthur Malu Malu Mushi explains the key points about the vote and looks at concerns over possible election violence.