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Elections: Flight difficulties delay arrival of CPLP and SADC observers

The parliament said this Friday that "flight and coordination difficulties" postponed the arrival of international observers from the CPLP and SADC, to the general elections of 24 August, which is now scheduled for next week.


"Yes, there are some difficulties in terms of flights, in terms of coordinating representatives from the various countries and it seems to me that they will start to arrive next week", said this Friday the spokesman of the "ad hoc" commission created by the National Assembly, José Semedo, in statements to Lusa.

Initially, the commission said that observers from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) would begin arriving in Angola this week.

"The information we have tells us that they will start arriving next week, SADC, for example, will probably start arriving on the 17th and the CPLP will also start arriving next week", he said.

The parliament requested 50 invitations from the National Electoral Commission (CNE) and these have already been addressed to the parliamentary assemblies of the CPLP, SADC, ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) and the Organization of American and Asian States.

SADC and CPLP "have already informed us that they received the invitation and accepted and sent us the respective lists of participants, regarding SADC, the delegation will be led by the president of the Botswana parliament, and includes 14 parliamentarians and secretariat staff".

"The CPLP has also informed us about the acceptance of the invitation, and its participation will be on a list of 15 parliamentarians headed by the former president of the Republic of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca, said José Semedo.

The spokesman for the "ad hoc" commission, created by the president of parliament, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, also reported that the body is facing "some difficulty in confirming the ACP parliamentary assembly".

"We hope at all times that some information arrives, as well as some difficulty with the Organization of American and Asian States", assumed the deputy.

José Semedo also confirmed the request for 50 invitations, stressing that it will be up to each organization to advance their numbers: "For example, SADC tells us that close to 14 deputies will come, when we had expected 15".

"The CPLP had also foreseen 15 elements and it is this number that we received as confirmation", concluded José Semedo.

The general elections, the fifth ballot in the country's political history, are scheduled for August 24th and have candidates from eight political formations, which have been campaigning since July 24th.


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