20 June 2012

Angola: Observation, Campaign to Go Simultaneously

Luanda — Local and foreign observation of the electoral process in Angola will start simultaneously with the campaign by political parties and coalitions, with the former act ending with the official announcement of the definite results.

This was said Wednesday in Luanda by the National Electoral Commission (CNE) member, Agostinho Lima.

Agostinho Lima was delivering the topic "The law on electoral observation - Electoral conduct code, during a meeting with members of the civil society intended to inform about the whole process.

The official explained that the CNE, as well as the State's organs of central and local administration, must cooperate with the local and foreign observers and secure them access to all concerned facilities, with a view to a full accomplishment of their tasks.

As to foreign observation, the official said the head of State and CNE might, on their own initiative or on request from organs of the State, political parties or coalitions, send invitation to organisations and entities for the purpose.

Agostinho Lima explained that would an uninvited regional or international organisation, a NGO, foreign government or entity intend to participate in the process, a written request should be addressed to the CNE chairman, thoroughly explaining the reasons and type of observation intended.

On the other hand, he said there are various categories of local observers that include representatives of recognised NGOs, socio-professional organisations, legally established churches, traditional authority and individuals.

As to the Electoral Conduct Code, the official said the agents must abide by the respect for difference, freedom of choice, right to assemble and demonstrate, legality, tranquillity, impartiality, transparency, exemption, civism and responsibility.

He added that the elections must be organised and the electoral agents are expected to take into account the constitutional and legal guarantees of freedom and respect for the rights of citizens and an environment leading to free, fair and transparent elections.

The meeting with members of the civil society was intended to create a deeper and clearer perception of the tasks to come, during and after the voting and establish with precision the space for intervention of the electoral agents, in line with the legally established principles.

The topics focused on CNE and its organs, Electoral Observation Law, Electoral Conduct Code and Electoral Civic Education Campaign.

The event was attended by representatives of the traditional power, local and foreign non-governmental organisations and churches.

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