The Angolan National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced yesterday that it has already processed the tallying of the final results of the August 23 elections in 11 of the 18 provinces, according to its spokesperson, Júlia Ferreira. These are the provinces of Bengo, Benguela, Cabinda, Cuando-Cubango, Cunene, Huíla, Kwanza-Norte, Kwanza-Sul, Luanda, Moxico and Zaire. However, the Angolan opposition parties claim that 11 of the country’s 18 provinces – Bengo, Bié, Cuando-Cubango, Cunene, Huambo, Kwanza-Sul, Luanda, Lunda-Norte, Lunda-Sul, Malanje, Moxico – have still not verified their results as the law requires. This list includes five of the provinces in which the CNE declares the counting is complete: Bengo, Cuando-Cubango, Kwanza-Sul, Luanda, and Moxico. The various provincial electoral commissions have declared that they have completed their task, but the commissioners appointed by opposition parties are refusing to approve the vote tallies from these provinces.
According to the list that Maka Angola had access to, in Huila province the opposition noted that the count was carried out ‘with many irregularities – it wasn’t properly done’ and some commissioners refused to sign the tally to certify the results. In Namibe province, the opposition notes that scrutiny of the results was conducted only partially, so there too the opposition did not accept the results.
UNITA accuses the CNE of continuing to obstruct the process of checking the votes from the August 23 election in the manner prescribed by the law.