UNITA and CASA-CE do not align with the MPLA on the issue of the tabulation of electoral results, as set out in the Bill of Amendment to the General Elections Law, maintaining the position prior to its return to Parliament, in September, by the President of the Republic, who it involves placing the municipality as the initial base for tabulating the results while the ruling party wants them to be counted in Luanda.
Despite having abstained today, in the vote, in general, on the Bill of Amendment to the Law on General Elections, the opposition parties clearly marked their position in the face of suspicions about the absence of guarantees of electoral fairness that they had already expressed at the time of its approval in September and subsequent return by João Lourenço to, said the Head of State at the time, guarantee fairness, equality between competitors and electoral truth.
All because the opposition understands that electoral truth and fairness in general elections can only be guaranteed if the votes are counted at the polling station level, where a minute is produced, which later arrives at the municipality to prepare the summary minute, passing then to the province, in the minutes and in the ballot boxes, from where they will then be transferred to the country’s capital, where the recount and final disclosure is made.
MPLA, on the other hand, understands that the tabulation of results should only have one stage, in the country’s capital, where votes arrive in a closed ballot box from the 18 provinces and are counted and disclosed in the form of provisional and final results.
The position of UNITA and CASA-CE was conveyed during the appraisal and general discussion of the draft amendment to the Organic Law on General Elections that the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, returned to Parliament for its reconsideration.
The document returned to parliament to ensure greater fairness and electoral transparency, passed with 132 in favour, 41 abstentions by UNITA and CASA-CE and no vote against.
UNITA MP António Dembo, who read UNITA’s political statement, said his Parliamentary Group did not vote against because “the President of the Republic, by returning the Law to Parliament, gave a remote signal that he would act as President of all the Angolans, embracing one of the proposals of the UNITA bench”.
“He did so using our words: to guarantee transparency, equality between candidacies, honesty and electoral truth”, he highlighted.
According to the deputy of the “Black Rooster” party, UNITA abstained “because the structural elements that guarantee equality between candidacies, transparency, fairness and electoral truth, are not yet but could be incorporated into the Law” .
“When a competing party persists in controlling the National Electoral Commission (CNE) and does not give up on it, fairness, electoral freedom and transparency are compromised,” he stressed.
“For this reason, we are going to discuss in the specialty to find out what new elements of transparency and electoral truth are contained in the document”, he noted.
The former president of CASA-CE, deputy André Mendes de Carvalho, defended that, in order to have transparency in the electoral process in Angola, the ballots must take place in the municipalities.
The deputy also pointed out the problem of defining the composition of the National Electoral Commission dominated by the ruling party.
“The MPLA, as it has its majority, imposes its will and we are obliged to submit to that will”, lamented André Mendes de Carvalho, who awaits consensus in the discussion of the document in the specialty.
The PRS deputy, Benedito Daniel, also expects consensus in the discussion of the document in the specialty. “It is an important document, its approval must follow consensus”, he summed up.
Former FNLA President Lucas Ngonda said the lack of consensus has created many problems on the African continent.
The MPLA understands that the multiple counting, from the municipalities to the country’s capital, duplicates the effort and unnecessary duplicates the same acts, so it does not understand the opposition’s arguments, maintaining that the counting of votes should be centralized in Luanda .
During the discussion of this Specialized Bill, the parties will seek to bring together arguments and conditions for an approval by consensus, although the opposition maintains that this possibility remains remote given the unmovable position of the MPLA. New Newspaper