Luanda – The diplomatic missions accredited to Angola are allowed to appoint some of their officials to observe the electoral process in the country, in compliance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, Angop learned Wednesday in Luanda.
The information was released by the National Electoral Commission (CNE) official, Júlia Ferreira.
Speaking on “Electoral Observation Law”, during a meeting with representatives of the diplomatic corps, sponsored by CNE, Julia Ferreira said the various categories of observers include those with regional and world organisations, governments, diplomatic missions and individuals.
She highlighted that the observation of the electoral process, both by locals and foreigners, starts with the beginning of the campaign by political parties eligible to participate in the polls and closes with the announcement the definite electoral results.
Júlia Ferreira explained that in terms of the law, the head of State and CNE chairman can, on their own initiative or on request from organs of the State, contesting political parties and coalitions, invite entities for international observation.
However, she said that any uninvited regional or international organisation, non-governmental organisation, governments or entities wishing to join the observation teams, are required to apply in writing to the CNE chairman, stating their reasons for the purpose.
The official also recalled that observers are required to respect the country’s Constitution and laws in force and refrain from making public comments that might threaten the electoral process or the various concerned activities.
The meeting with the diplomat corps was intended to create a clearer perception of the tasks ahead, during and after the voting and stimulate dialogue and exchange of views on the CNE role, in line with the Electoral Law.
Presided over by CNE chairman, André da Silva Neto, the meeting was witnessed by the Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti.