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Country Report Angola

  • ID: 2114010
  • March 2015
  • Region: Angola
  • 24 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The government is seeking alterations to the current electoral law to facilitate a new voter-registration process ahead of the legislative election in 2017.

The authorities argue that new registration is necessary to ensure that they have the correct details about all voters-something they say is critical ahead of scheduling local elections, where people will need to vote in specific locations-and that dead people have been removed from the roll. According to Bornito de Sousa, the territorial administration minister, under the current system it is not possible to know who had died since registration, and 60% of the 9.7m registered voters did not possess a formal identity card. In a bid to tackle these two issues, Mr de Sousa has said that the government plans to restart countrywide electoral registration, with his ministry supporting the national electoral commission, the Comissão Nacional Eleitoral (CNE).

Cleaning up the electoral databases is a positive move but opposition parties believe that the method of doing so will compromise the independence of the CNE. The opposition has also accused the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) of using registration as an excuse to use electoral data to its advantage in the next poll, and following the passing in late January of a preliminary vote to change the law and restart voter registration, four opposition groups-União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA), Partido de Renovação Social, Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola and Convergência Ampla de Salvação de Angola-Coligação Eleitoral-submitted a joint declaration declaring the move unconstitutional.

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Country Report Angola

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