Angola: CNE admits manipulating election results

A spokesman for the Angolan National Electoral Commission (CNE) said today that it has not received any complaints from any political exercise within the framework of the results table, stressing that those who come will be appreciated.

“The CNE has not received any complaints from any competitor, if they do so as usual, the CNE has a legal obligation to evaluate them and decide them in accordance with the law. We recall that the CNE does not has no official claim to any political formation”, Lucas Lucas at the end of an extraordinary plenary meeting within the framework of the timetable for the final results of the elections, said Quilundo.

“The CNE is in permanent service and when it starts counting the results, the sessions will be uninterrupted. The law establishes that the CNE must publish the final results within 15 days,” he added.

According to Lucas Quilundo, he carefully examined the state of the reports of the votes requested in the polling stations and of the votes settled by the Provincial Electoral Commissions.

“There will only be definitive results when all this information concerning the requisitioned votes is complete,” he added, explaining that the CNE “must consult the requisitioned votes” to reach an overall conclusion. ”.

“Depending on the level of demand votes, there is always the possibility that there will be changes,” he pointed out.

In a proposal to submit UNITA’s decisions to an independent international commission, the CNE said it was a state body and could not operate outside state institutions “according to the order of the law”.

On Friday, the leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Adalberto Costa Jr., rejected the provisional results of the CNE, which give victory to the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola ( MPLA) in Wednesday’s elections. .

And he challenged the CNE “in the name of truth” to adopt “the structure of a commission” with international participation, to recount the votes and compare the summary minutes held by the CNE with the parties.

As for the commissioners who announced today that they would dissociate themselves from the minutes of the interim decisions, Lucas Guilundo said that the signing of the minutes meant that “nobody forced” the participation of all the members of the plenary.

“There are no political commissioners at the CNE, they all had free access and equal conditions,” insisted the CNE spokesperson, denying that there were restrictions denounced today by the four commissioners.

According to data published by the CNE, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA, in power since 1975) obtained 3,162,801 votes, less than one million votes, while 97.03% of the votes were counted in last Wednesday’s elections. In 2017, he received 4,115,302 votes.

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) recorded a significant increase, electing representatives in 17 of the 18 provinces and a historic victory in Luanda, the country’s largest province, with 2,727,885 votes so far. now in 2017. 1,800,860 favorable ballots.

However, UNITA leader Adalberto Costa Jr. disputed the MPLA victory on Friday and asked an international commission to compare the party’s election records with those of the CNE.

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