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Angola voters get a second chance

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Angola voters get a second chance


Electors in Angola’s Luanda province got a second day to cast their votes in parliamentary elections, after Friday’s poll was judged to be chaotic and in violation of the law.

The election, the first in the oil-rich nation for 16 years, is being keenly watched by the international community. Concerns were raised when voter registration lists were not distributed in Luanda leaving voters queuing for hours outside closed polling stations.

Luanda province is densely populated and contains a fifth of Angola’s 8.3 million registered voters. A second day of voting for the region was declared after opposition party UNITA lodged an appeal in Angola’s constitutional court.

Leader of UNITA, Isaias Samakuva said he had no choice but to enter the challenge, echoing the concerns of the 120-member EU observer team. But the ruling MPLA party and President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos have denied any electoral wrongdoing, saying the election is proof of Angola’s recovery from civil war.

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