The Humanist Party of Angola (PHA) questioned today the “excess” of ballots in each electoral assembly, “100 ballots for 750 voters”, for the general elections, and the “destination of the surplus”, asking the electoral entity for clarification.
“On the ballot paper, today with the change in the law (on general elections) it is said that in each polling station there must be up to 750 people and despite this change the CNE (National Electoral Commission) ordered packages of 100 ballot papers. vote”, PHA’s representative, Nsimba Luwawa, told Lusa today.
Even with the change in the law, the politician observed, “the CNE ordered volumes of 100 ballot papers, for each assembly, but it can be seen that there is an excess here, that is, those ballots that are left over, what treatment will be given to this excess?” he asked.
“What guarantees does the CNE have for controlling this excess”, asked again the representative of the PHA, a party that saw its request for clarification on the lack of publication of the list of voters for months of voting rejected last Saturday.
According to CNE spokesman Lucas Quilundo, this request by the PHA, the party competing in the August 24 elections, was rejected by the plenary of the electoral body for having been made “out of time”.
Today, Nsimba Luwawa explained that the dismissed complaint is part of a package of complaints sent to the CNE, noting that the electoral body responded “partially” to his complaints.
“Actually, there were several points that we raised, some were requests for complaints and others we would really like to be answered”, he stressed.
“For example, we raised an issue regarding the ballot paper, we raised the issue related to the list of voters per polling station, we also raised the issue related to voting outside the designated place”, he highlighted.
For the representative of the party led by Florbela Malaquias, a lawyer and former journalist, the issue of off-site voting is mainly centered on list delegates.
“Especially for people who will work at polling stations, especially list delegates, we wanted to know from the CNE what the security conditions are for these people and the other issue has to do with the minutes of the polling stations”, he stressed.
A large part of “our concerns”, he added, “were not answered” by the CNE: “That is why we have already positioned ourselves and sent our position today”, concluded Nsimba Luwawa.
The Angolan general elections, the fifth ballot in the country’s political history, are scheduled for August 24th and eight political groups, campaigning since July 24th, are chasing votes across the country.