Luanda, 25 August, 2022 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The Executive Secretary of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST) has said that Angola's fifth general elections conducted on Wednesday, August 24 went on peacefully despite “a few glitches”.
General elections in the Southern African nation are conducted within the framework of a multi-party democracy and a presidential system. While the electorate directly vote for members of the National Assembly, the leader of the largest political party or coalition in the National Assembly automatically becomes President.
Each of the participating political parties nominates a presidential candidate as top of its list. The presidential candidate’s name is clearly identified on the ballot paper. Angola’s incumbent president, João Lourenço, is eligible for one more term.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Celestino Epalanga who was one of the observers in the polls said he noted a “relatively low” voter turnout.
“In almost every polling station, voters behaved quite well and in an orderly manner. There were a few glitches in a couple of polling stations that didn’t open at exactly 7 a.m., which angered some voters, but above all, it was peaceful; there were no acts of violence”, Fr. Epalanga said during the Thursday, August 25 interview.