Angola opposition raises doubts over free and fair election

  • Conditions for a free and fair vote in elections in Angola do not exist, the country’s main opposition party has stated.

    Unita said the failure to publish a full electoral roll was its greatest concern regarding transparency.

    Local activists have urged for the polls to be postponed but the electoral commission has dismissed the request.

    Under the newly adopted constitution, a parliamentary majority for President Jose Eduardo dos Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party would give him a new five-year term.

    Analysts expect the ruling party to ease to victory in the polls.

    The elections are the second to be held in Angola since the end of a 27-year civil war following independence from Portugal in 1975.