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Angola bans opinion polls during electoral campaign period

Date: May 12, 2022

The Angolan government has banned opinion polling on elections during the electoral campaign period, an official said.

Angola will hold its general election in August and the start of the electoral campaigns is yet to be announced.

According to Manuel Homem, the Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication, banning of polling during elections was discussed by lawmakers and is now under the scope of the Law Proposal.

“The understanding of the opposition lawmakers is that this research should be carried out on election day, but the government understands that it should not be like that,” he said.

All research and polling activities can be carried out and announced before the beginning of the electoral campaign period, Homem said.

However, the government proposal does not prevent studies and polls from being carried out during the electoral period as long as they are not disclosed in the media or made public during this period, he added.

The ruling party, People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), endorsed President João Lourenço to be its flagbearer for the polls, giving him a chance to vie for a second term.

According to Angola’s electoral system, the leader of the party with the majority of votes becomes President. The MPLA has ruled Angola since independence in 1975.

Lourenço will face off in the August polls opponents with Adalberto Costa Júnior from the main opposition party Unita, Manuel Fernandes from Casa-Ce, and Benedito Daniel from PRS.

FNLA’s Nimi a Simbi, BD’s Filomeno Vieira Lopes, and Pra-Ja Servir Angola’s Abel Chivukuvuku will also contest in the polls.

--TheEastAfrican--

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