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Country should have more than 100,000 electoral agents at polling stations

More than 100,000 Angolans are expected to be part of the polling stations in the August 24 general elections, estimated the spokesman for the National Electoral Commission (CNE).


Lucas Quilunda, who was speaking after the sixth ordinary plenary session of the CNE, explained that the number of polling station members to be recruited is still dependent on the completion of the mapping of polling stations, which is still in progress, and which will be completed up to 45 days before of the elections.

"It could be over 100,000", he replied, when asked about the number of elements to be recruited, since polling stations will have to include four members: president, secretary and two tellers.

The CNE approved this Thursday the manual for members of polling stations, a work aid for electoral agents, composed of seven parts, containing essential basic concepts for the functioning and performance of these electoral agents, also focusing on the rights and duties that those involved in polling stations must observe this "main stage of the entire electoral game".

The manual was updated to comply with what is currently established by the organic law on general elections, followed by the recruitment and selection of polling stations as the next step.

Selection and recruitment are being carried out 'online' with "open criteria and broad participation", a model that, according to Lucas Quilunda, seemed more appropriate, as "it was not feasible for this process to take place with candidates in person".

Regarding any complaints, he considered that they are not the responsibility of the CNE, as they stem from the lack of capacity of the Internet services.

The CNE also analyzed the report of the visit to Spain, the country where the electoral material, awarded to Spain's Indra, is being produced, according to a previously approved timetable.

Some materials, such as ballot papers, will only be produced after the Constitutional Court has ruled on the preparation of the final list of approved political parties, after any insufficiencies have been resolved.

"Only after this communication and through the drawing of the placement of the candidates in the ballot papers will the ballot papers be produced", indicated Lucas Quilunda.

As for complementary, non-sensitive logistics, "it is 100 percent produced and is already in the country, packaged in logistical bases that the CNE has prepared for that purpose", he added.


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