Peaceful elections in Angola despite “some glitches”, according to an official of the Catholic entity
He added, in reference to voter turnout in the Angolan capital, “at noon, in some polling stations in and around Luanda, only more than 100 voters out of about 600 voters registered on an electoral roll” had voted.
Angola’s ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), in power for almost five decades, is would have ahead in the polls with a majority of 52%, while their main competitor, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) is trailing with 42% of the valid votes.
In the August 25 interview, Fr. Epalanga, who was one of 36 CEAST observers, said he noted the challenge of transparency in counting centers, saying, “In some polling stations, electoral commissioners did not post the results for the observers”.
The member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits – SJ) added: “CEAST Executive Secretary – Fr. Hilário Correia – was denied access to a copy of the results…because the ruling party in that office of specific vote had lost.
According to the official of the CCJP, the ruling party in Angola, “the MPLA, lost in almost all the polling stations in Luanda, and we have the results of each of the polling stations where CEAST observers were present”.
Meanwhile, in Johannesburg, South Africa, dozens of Angolans voted at the Angolan consulate in Bruma. For the first time, Angolans residing in South Africa were allowed to vote at one of three polling stations in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Jorge Diaz, who emigrated to South Africa 20 years ago, said Angolans in the diaspora have wanted to vote for years.
“We also wanted to participate with the country in choosing the next leader,” Mr. Diaz said during the Wednesday, August 24 interview, and added that the vote was “a joyful moment…a good experience.”
In another interview with the Executive Secretary of ACI Africa CEAST, Fr. Hilário Correia said, “The Catholic Bishops have called on the people of God to continue to embrace brotherhood, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence during this time. “.
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