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Parliament approved proposed changes to the organic law for general elections

The parliament this Wednesday unanimously approved two bills to alter the Organic Law for General Elections, legislative initiatives from the ruling MPLA and the opposition UNITA parties.

: Lusa

According to Angop, the parliamentary group of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), in its draft bill, advocates changing 45 articles of the current law, while the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) intends to change 83 articles, including five additions.

For MPLA deputy Tomás da Silva, cited by Angop, the current law on general elections "was approved in a context completely different from the current one", considering the announced revision as "necessary and urgent to avoid delays in the process of preparing and holding the 2022 general elections".

The legal instrument, approved this Wednesday in generality, during the ninth extraordinary plenary meeting of parliament, "clarifies matters of electoral nature, the electoral vote and the active electoral capacity", said Tomás da Silva.

In relation to the project of UNITA's parliamentary group, deputy Mihaela Webba said that her party intends that the next elections in Angola, "general or local, take place in a democratic climate".

"We hope for democratic elections, fair, credible and that can reflect the will of the sovereign", said the deputy, cited by Angop.

Both diplomas will now be sent to the speciality committees of the National Assembly to gain legal seal before returning to the plenary for the final and overall vote.

Also on Wednesday, the deputies approved unanimously the proposal and the bill amending the Official Electoral Registration Law, initiatives of the executive and of UNITA, respectively.

The Minister for Territorial Administration and State Reform, Marcy Lopes, said on the occasion that the executive's proposal "aims at adjusting the rules of the electoral register, extended to national citizens living abroad," Angop reported.

UNITA deputy, Diamantino Mussokola, said that his party's project is aimed at "guaranteeing the smoothness, justice and transparency" of the electoral process.

The ninth extraordinary plenary meeting of the fourth legislative session of the National Assembly continues on Thursday.

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