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Elections: international observers begin to arrive in the country

International observers to the elections, among organizations and individuals, invited by the President, parliament, Constitutional Court and the National Electoral Commission (CNE), begin to arrive in the country this Wednesday, one week before the elections, announced this Wednesday the organ electoral.


According to CNE spokesman Lucas Quilundo, the process of requesting accreditation of national and international election observers "is already closed and what is currently taking place is just the accreditation process".

"More than 1000 national observers are already accredited and in terms of international observers this number is still not very significant as the bulk of international observation missions, most of them, are starting to land in the country today", said Lucas Quilundo.

"The machine is fine-tuned and, at this moment, whoever comes to be accredited is in a position to carry out the process", he stressed.

Lucas Quilundo, who was speaking at the end of the visit that judges from the Constitutional Court and diplomats accredited in Angola made to the National Scrutiny Centre, said that the process for requesting accreditation of observers was closed.

The accreditation process "will end as soon as the approved lists containing the number of members of the observation mission are exhausted," but the accreditation application process is now closed, he explained.

Regarding the group of international organizations and individuals invited to observe the August 24 elections, the official, without specifying, said only that the number of observers, national and international, "is very diverse".

"International observers come at the invitation of the CNE, the Constitutional Court, the National Assembly of Angola and the President of the Republic", replied Lucas Quilundo to Lusa.

"There is no disclosure of the list of observers, what happens is that, according to their consistency in the list, [the observer] comes to the CNE and is accredited", he added.

Last June, the CNE announced that it had invited nine international organizations, including the European Union (EU), African Union, Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Central Carter from the USA.

Invitations to observe the general elections were also extended to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (IRGL), Forum of Electoral Commissions of SADC Countries and Conference of African Jurisdictions.

This Wednesday, the CNE promoted visits to the National Scrutiny Center for the judges who advise the Constitutional Court, taking into account the "role that this judicial body plays in the scope of the electoral process, the TC functions as an electoral court and it is also there where the electoral dispute".

The visit, also addressed to diplomats accredited in Angola, "is yet another demonstration of the openness and transparency of the electoral process", considered the CNE spokesman.

"Finally, it is the final point of the entire electoral process, hence this visit to understand how the process of counting the results of the elections takes place", he said.

The magistrates and diplomats "were left with a good impression, they welcomed and congratulated this initiative by the CNE, because it is a sign of confidence in the process, but also a gesture of openness to a better understanding of the functioning of the electoral process", he said.

Invitations to observers can also come from political parties whose candidacies have been approved by the Constitutional Court.

The regulation establishes the invitation of a maximum of 50 international observers for the National Assembly, 24 for the Constitutional Court and 18 for political parties, for each constituency. The guests then have to apply for accreditation with the CNE, from which NGOs and associations can also request invitations.

Observers may also be invited by the President of the Republic and the CNE, in this case without limitations.

João Lourenço invited Portuguese politicians Paulo Portas, former leader of the CDS and former Foreign Minister of Passos Coelho, José Luís Arnaut, former deputy minister of Durão Barroso, and Carlos César, president of the PS, to be present, confirmed to Lusa. from a presidential source.

Eight political forces, namely seven parties and a coalition of parties, compete in the fifth general elections scheduled for next Wednesday, August 24th.


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