Angola ready for elections – SADC

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said Angola was ready for elections scheduled for tomorrow.

Speaking as the Head of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Electoral Observation Mission (Seom) on the general elections in Angola, she said the mission’s assessment revealed that the number of registered voters in this country has increased by 50%, to 14.7 million, since 2017.

“We expect this increase in voter registration to be accompanied by a high turnout on election day,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said in Luanda, Angola.

She said more than 13,000 electoral assemblies across the country have been set up.

In addition, arrangements have been made and facilities have been put in place to enable Angolan citizens in the diaspora to register and vote.

“Given the prevailing peace in the country, the relatively low burden of Covid-19 disease and the low risk of infection, the pre-election assessment mission led by the SADC Electoral Advisory Council (SEAC) concluded that the Republic of Angola is ready to hold its general elections.

“The Seac mission also interacted with a number of stakeholders. During this interaction, questions were raised and their conclusions are still analyzed with Seom’s observations in the pre-election phase, as well as during the election and post-election phases,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.

Accordingly, SADC urged all registered voters to exercise their civil and political rights by voting.

SADC Executive Secretary Elias Magosi said they will observe the elections based on the three-tier election observation approach, which involves pre-election assessments, during-election assessments and post-election assessments. -elections.

The Seom left for Luanda on August 11.

As part of the preparations for this mission, SADC observers received refresher training from 16 to 17 August in Luanda.

“The training equipped them with the skills to effectively observe, assess and report on the electoral process using information and communication technologies.

“It is therefore commendable for the Republic of Angola to allow SADC to participate in this important process of consolidating democracy in the country and, by extension, in the SADC region as well,” Magosi said.

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) will challenge the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) of President Joao Lourenco.

As Unita’s top candidate, Costa Junior would assume the presidency if his party won, according to the constitution.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reported that the body of former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, who died in Spain in July, has arrived in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

The repatriation of the former president’s remains on Saturday comes amid a tense election campaign and ended a week-long row between the Angolan government, Dos Santos’ widow and some of his children over when and where he would be buried.

The funeral is likely to take place on August 28, Dos Santos’ birthday, said Rui Falcao, spokesman for the ruling MPLA party.

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