An historic election in Angola has been marked by complaints about disorganisation and delays. In its first parliamentary poll for 16 years, Angola wanted to set an example, after flawed ballots elsewhere in Africa. But voters and European observers have reported chaos and confusion.
Main opposition leader Isaias Samakuva of former rebel group UNITA said “This is a mess.” That view is not shared by veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who earlier declared all was going well. His ruling MPLA party is expected to extend its long hold on power.
An observer from the South African Development Community played down talk of problems. “Impressions are very positive, given what had happened in 1992,” he said. “The atmosphere is very calm”. Memories of 1992’s election are still fresh in Angola. UNITA rejected the results, prompting the resumption of a civil war that only ended six years ago.