3 June 2008

Angola: All Set for Holding of Elections - Council of Republic

Luanda — The Council of the Republic on Tuesday in Luanda concluded that the ongoing preparatory process of the elections is running smoothly and the conditions are secured for the holding of free, fair and credible legislative polls, in accordance with the law.

According to the press release that came out from the 26th meeting of that organ, read by its spokesperson, Domingos Cajama, the Council of the Republic reiterates its appeal so that the political parties keep a posture of tolerance and respect towards other convictions, avoiding the resort to any attitude that can create a climate of fear and violence.

The Council has also agreed with the announcement made by President José Eduardo dos Santos regarding the the legislative elections in the period he mentioned, on his the 2007 yearend message.

The members of the consultation organ of the Head of State expressed their satisfaction with the conclusion process of the electoral registration, having congratulated the Interministerial commission for the Electoral Process (CIPE) on the work done, within the fixed deadline and according to the law.

The Council of the Republic members also expressed their concern about the loss, illegal seizure and destruction of voting cards as clear violation of the law, having recommended the adoption of political and judicial measures, with a view to putting an end to such situations, thus enabling all citizens to exercise their right to vote.

In an effort to ensure the possibility of all citizens to exercise their inalienable right to vote, the Council of the Republic recommended the setting up of sufficient number of polling stations.

On the other hand, taking into account the possibility of not holding elections in some localities, out of the causes stipulated in article 121 of the Electoral Law, the Council recommended the National Assembly to study and legislate on the conclusion of the voting process.

The event analysed the conclusion of the electoral registration and carrying out consultation on the announcement of the legislative elections under the Constitutional Law and Electoral Law.

The Council comprises 22 members, among them the National Assembly Speaker, the Attorney-General, the Premier, leaders of political parties with parliamentary seat and personalities of the civil society invited by the Head of State.

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