8 January 2013

Angola: Voters' Civic Behaviour During Election Was 2012 Highlight in Bié

Kuito — The excellent civic education showed by voters during the campaign and election of August 31 last year was a political highlight in central Bié province in 2012.

According to data, during the process, there were 20,393 blank votes, corresponding to 5,62 percent, 8,889 null votes (2,45 percent), 1,947 disputed votes (0,54), totalling 331,385 valid votes and a total of 91,39 percent.

The same source notes that the political parties and coalitions obtained the following result: Ruling MPLA (201,421 votes), opposition UNITA ( 120,015), CASA (3,245), FNLA (3, 210), PRS (1856), ND (561), PAPOD (455), FUMA (379), FUMA (379) and CPO (243).

Based on the above results, MPLA elected for the provincial constituency the MPs Álvaro Manuel Boavida Neto, Anabela Cayovo Ngunga and Nicolau Sapalo, while UNITA elected Manuel Savihemba and Eliote Ujimba Ecolelo.

The Bié Provincial Electoral Commission (CPE) registered 557, 933 voters, but only 362, 614 voters (64,99 percent) cast their ballot.

The CPE in the above constituency counted 548,123 votes (98,24 percent), out of 1,582 assemblies, making 97,72 percent.

On the occasion, the bishop of Bié Diocese, Don José Nambi, praised the civic behavior showed by the voters during and after the campaign and election of August 31, stressing that such actions show the world that Angola and its people are willing to safeguard peace, democracy and national reconciliation achieved with the loss of much blood of the best of its children.

Dom José Nambi asked at the time the general population to excel in a peaceful atmosphere, as he considered peace as a great gift from God and benefits the communities.

He stressed that the church should be appealing to the good morals and good civic and ethical behaviour that conforms to what is institutionally defined for each citizen.

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