Angola’s election commission on Monday rejected accusations of irregularities in last month’s vote which saw the MPLA party, which has ruled since 1975, retain power. Four defeated opposition parties complained that the August 23 election was conducted incorrectly, with ballot boxes and voter forms allegedly disappearing. Election commission chief Andre da Silva Neto told reporters that the body “categorically rejected the criticism”, which he said was a deliberate “attempt to discredit the Angolan electoral process”.
“All the electronic tools used in the electoral process were checked,” he said, adding that the conduct of the election was entirely “legal”.
The MPLA of outgoing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos won just over 61 percent of the vote, according to a provisional count.
The commission is due to release official results on Wednesday.
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