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Angola main opposition slams 'biased' electoral body ahead of August 23 polls

Angola main opposition slams 'biased' electoral body ahead of August 23 polls

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<p>Angola’s main opposition party, <span class="caps">UNITA</span>, has slammed the electoral body accusing the National Electoral Commission (<span class="caps">CNE</span>) of bias.</p> <p><span class="caps">UNITA</span>’s position was echoed by leader of its parliamentary bloc, Adalberto da Costa Junior. According to him, the <span class="caps">CNE</span> which was dominated by the ruling <span class="caps">MPLA</span> was deliberately flouting basic rules ahead of the August 23 polls.</p> <p>“Angolans do not trust the integrity and functional independence of the <span class="caps">CNE</span> due to the conduct of the majority of its members, as it’s dominated by the <span class="caps">MPLA</span>,” he is quoted to have said.</p> <p>According to him, 10 out of the 17 commissioners were loyalists of the ruling party and they headed all key committees of the body.</p> <p>Commenting on the electoral registration and plans for the presidential vote, Adalberto da Costa called for the <span class="caps">CNE</span> to come clean on technologies to be used in the polls. </p> <p>He added that <span class="caps">UNITA</span> wanted the relevant state agencies to audit the programs and databases to be used. The oil-producer will elect a new leader to replace long serving Jose Eduardo dos Santos. </p> <p><span class="caps">UNITA</span> led by Isaias Samakuva will be facing five other parties in the vote. Campaigning started on July 23 and is expected to end two clear days to the day of polls. The ruling <span class="caps">MPLA</span>’s Joao Lourenco, a minister, chosen to replace dos Santos is the favourite to win.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/tag/africa-elections/" target="_blank">Visit our Africa elections page for more news</a> </h3>

Angolans do not trust the integrity and functional independence of the CNE due to the conduct of the majority of its members, as it's dominated by the MPLA.

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