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Training on electoral registration in Angolan diplomatic and consular missions starts in November

The Government announced this Thursday that the training of trainers in diplomatic and consular missions abroad, aiming at the unofficial electoral registration, starts in November, with virtual seminars, but Portugal and the Democratic Republic of Congo will have training posts.

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According to the minister of Territory Administration, Marcy Lopes, a team of technicians from the ministerial body will travel abroad next time to assess the degree of preparation for the start of electoral registration.

The electoral registration abroad of Angola should start on January 5, 2022, as announced on Wednesday by the national director of the Official Registry, Fernando Paixão, a process that should cover the updating of about 400,000 Angolans residing in the outside.

Under the constitutional revision law, Angolans residing abroad will vote for the first time in the general elections scheduled for 2022.

Marcy Lopes presented to the National Electoral Commission (CNE) the strategy of the governing body, manager of electoral registration in Angola, on the registration of citizens at the level of 76 diplomatic and consular missions spread across 57 countries.

Speaking at the end of the meeting with the CNE plenary, the official pointed out several challenges in the preparation of the electoral register abroad, namely the adhesion to the process, the logistics and the materialization of data for subsequent submission to the electoral entity.

"The first challenge is to overcome the novelty and call people to join the process, the second challenge of a more complex nature is the preparation of the entire logistical process that must first accompany the registration and then the materialization of all this data, its compilation for later submission to the CNE," he noted.

The "most complex part of this process is the idealization and materialization of the logistical process, which entails going to diplomatic and consular missions, defining service posts, training trainers who will train employees of the diplomatic missions who will work in this process," he stressed.

"For training, which starts next November, we will have distance training seminars and we will also have some training posts in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRCongo] and in Portugal", pointed out Marcy Lopes.

RDCongo and Portugal are countries where most Angolans living abroad reside.

For his part, the president of the CNE, Manuel Pereira da Silva "Manico", said that he took good note of the information provided by the Minister of Territory Administration, stressing that the organ "has registered and made its observations and in due time it will- prepare to speak".

"We have not made any recommendations on this matter, because in principle the registration is unofficial and, therefore, exceptionally in this period, in-person registration can be done at country level, but abroad the registration is all unofficial and should only be done the update," he explained.

The unofficial electoral registration in Angola began on September 23 and is being carried out at 84 Public Service Desks (BUAP), where citizen cards are being issued via the Identity Card.

The Angolan authorities plan to install 596 BUAP in the country, 256 more as of the 23rd of this month, the same number on December 23rd, which will join the 84 already in operation, foreseeing to register close to 12 million citizens.

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