"This situation report seeks to provide an analysis of the 2011 elections in the DRC with the aim of providing a context for key internal and external stakeholders in terms of continued engagement in improving the post-electoral prospects of the DRC. The report is divided into three sections. The first provides a detailed analysis of the pre-electoral context, capturing electoral preparations and pre-electoral challenges. The second section deals with the process, observation and outcome of the elections. The third section focuses on the post-electoral prospects beyond the 2011 polls. The report is based in part on fieldwork undertaken in Bukavu, Goma and Kinshasa in March and October 2011. The primary findings are corroborated by an extensive review of related electoral and media reports."