Angola’s two biggest opposition parties rejected provisional results from an Aug. 23 election that gave the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola a majority of votes. The southern African nation’s second-biggest opposition party, the Broad Consensus for Angola Salvation – Electoral Coalition, known as Casa-Ce, said in an emailed statement that the vote count lacked transparency and wasn’t based on reliable information. Its refusal to accept the outcome came after the biggest opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or Unita, said Aug. 26 that it didn’t consider the provisional results valid.
The ruling MPLA won 61 percent of the ballots counted last week, paving the way for its candidate Joao Lourenco to become president, according to the electoral commission. The commission said Unita obtained 27 percent of the vote, while Casa-Ce got 9.5 percent.
Seven members of the electoral commission that were appointed by opposition parties distanced themselves from the provisional results because they haven’t seen the voting minutes sent from polling stations, Unita said in statement on its website.