Angola: Prepare to enhance human dignity in polls, bishops urge
Benguela – The Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST) has called on eligible Angolan voters to register and renew their cards as they prepare to protect and enhance human dignity in the August general elections .
“A strengthened democracy, by its very nature, contributes to the affirmation of human dignity, to the strengthening of justice, peace and the well-being of citizens,” said Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba, President of CEAST at the names of bishops during the CEAST plenary. meeting held in Benguela in the Catholic Diocese of Benguela.
The Archbishop of Saurimo believes that the general elections could be a watershed moment for the country to take a democratic leap forward.
“2022 is the year of elections for the consolidation of our still young and weak democracy,” Archbishop Imbamba said, calling on the electorate to use the ballot to fight “unemployment and the situation of poverty in Angola.”
Since its independence in November 1975, Angola descended into civil war which ended in 2002. The ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has been in power since 1975 and has confirmed that incumbent President João Lourenço, who was first elected in 2017, will stand for a second term in the next elections.
The bishops also invite the political parties to respect each other during the electoral campaign, because the vote will only be truly free if the campaign “is based on mutual respect and if all the recognized parties have the right and the possibility of expressing their ideas “.