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Opposition points out insufficiencies in unofficial voter registration

Opposition political leaders pointed out this Thursday "some shortcomings" in the functioning of the Public Service Desks (BUAP) in Luanda, but urged citizens, who complain of "slow service", to "adhere" to the register unofficial election.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

Adalberto Costa Júnior, president of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA, the biggest opposition party), Filomeno Vieira Lopes, president of the Democratic Bloc (BD) and Abel Chivukuvuku, coordinator of the PRA JÁ Servir Angola political project, updated this Thursday, in Luanda, his unofficial electoral register.

The three politicians make up the recently proclaimed United Patriotic Front (FPU), an electoral political platform for the opposition that proposes to "displace" the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) from power in 2022.

The updating of the unofficial electoral register, a process that began on September 23rd and runs until March 2022, is carried out at the BUAP with the issuance of a citizen's card, after presentation of the voter's card or Identity Card (BI).

The UNITA president, flanked by the FPU members, updated his unofficial registration at the BUAP installed in the district administration of Urbanização Nova Vida, where, 15 minutes later, he received his municipal card.

Received with applause by the citizens who flocked there to also deal with the respective unofficial registration, Costa Júnior also spoke circumstantially with citizens waiting in line to be assisted, encouraging them to be patient and register.

Several citizens come daily to that BUAP, located in the municipality of Kilamba Kiaxi, one of nine in Luanda, but complain about the slowness of the service, as reported to Lusa Manuel Jesus.

"I came here to register, but the process is very slow, if the Angolan State says it has 12 million people, [...] the Government has to do everything possible to actually increase more branches," he said.

Maria Madalena Manuel, 56, also complained, especially in relation to the flood, from the early hours of the day, taking into account the importance of the process with a view to the next elections.

The political caravan then accompanied the leader BD, who registered and processed his municipal card in Talatona, south of Luanda, and then politician Abel Chivukuvuku to the BUAP da Maianga, Cassenga district, where he updated the your registration.

"Greater speed" in the service was what the residents of Maianga were also asking for. Garcia Paulo, 65, after registering, valued the authorities' initiative.

Nearly 60 citizens deal with their citizen card daily at the BUAP da Maianga, according to Osvaldo Ferraz, head of the Department of Registries in the Urban District of Maianga, noting that the process "is taking place normally" and that "the constraints have been overcome".

Summarizing his visit to the BUAP, Abel Chivukuvuku, speaking to journalists, called on eligible citizens to carry out their unofficial voter registration "and not leave it to the last day".

"We want to take the lead in the alternation in Angola and it is necessary for angolans to be the actors in the alternation that has to take place in 2022", he pointed out, calling for "greater speed" from the BUAP operators in serving citizens.

Adalberto Costa Júnior, on the other hand, considered that its registration occurred normally, having noted some circumstances that require improvements, one of them linked to the issue of biosafety due to covid-19.

"The service time was reasonable, an average of 15 minutes, but the concern is that if the goal is 12 million, there is certainly some investment that needs to be made, the acceleration of internet speed, multiplication of posts, needs for a mobile team" , he defended.

The politician also regretted that all of his party's agents have not been accredited to accompany the process with the BUAP.

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