Kinshasa - Congo has delayed December elections in several areas until March 2019 due to an ongoing Ebola epidemic and violence, the electoral commission said Wednesday.
The country-wide vote - due to take place in most of Congo on Sunday - has already been delayed by a week.
The commission announced that Beni and Butembo towns in eastern Congo and Yumbi in the west will now hold their polls months later.
The delay is due to "the persistence of the Ebola epidemic in Beni, North Kivu province ... as well as the terrorist threat" there and several deadly attacks in Yumbi, Mai-Ndombe province, the body said.
The election - initially set for December 23 and then pushed back to December 30 - was delayed for two years by President Joseph Kabila, in power for 18 years, causing mass protests.