Angola’s electoral campaign, which started on July 23, closed on Monday countrywide, a process that happened without major constraints.

Angolans will go to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president after President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, leader of the country’s ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), has decided not to run for 2017 election.

Political parties of MPLA, UNITA, PRS, FNLA, APN, and coalition CASA-CE are running for the election on Wednesday.

Each party’s presidential candidate held rallies in different regions of Angola with MPLA, UNITA and FNLA leaders, respectively Joao Lourenco, Isaias Samakuva and Lucas Ngonda, preferring to close their campaign in Luanda, having called for their supporters and citizens in general to go to the polling stations to exercise the right of citizenship.

The MPLA candidate led a march dubbed “March for Victory” in Kilamba Kiaxi urban district in Luanda, an action that marked the end of the electoral campaign of the ruling party.

Accompanied by the candidate for vice president Bornito de Sousa, his wife and other leaders, Lourenco, dressed in jeans and sneakers, walked from Avenida Comandante Loy to the field of the Independente do Golfo.

Militants in party vestments acclaimed and reaffirmed their support for the MPLA candidate, on the last day of the election campaign, aiming to win election on Wednesday.

Also on Monday, UNITA candidate Samakuva, stressed in a speech in Cazenga municipality in Luanda that his party is committed to consolidating peace, stability, development and progress of the country in the next five year.

FNLA candidate Ngonda on Monday called on the national electorate to vote in this political force to allow greater social inclusion, among other guarantees provided in FNLA governance plan.

During the last day of the electoral campaign in Soyo, northern Zaire province, CASA-CE presidential candidate, Abel Epalanga Chivukuvuku, called for a vote in CASA-CE, stating that Angolans should face the future with “a lot of seriousness”.

The PRS presidential candidate Benedito Daniel commended on Monday in Saurimo (Lunda Sul) the Angolans for exemplary, patriotic and democratic civic behaviors shown during the electoral campaign.

Daniel also predicted that such behavior would be demonstrated during the voting day and after the announcement of the results.

President of the National Patriotic Alliance (APN) Quintino Moreira, on Monday highlighted how cordially the parties developed their political activity, during the pre and electoral campaign in the southern province of Huila.

The leader of the youngest party in Angola considered electoral campaign positive in all domains, as he managed to tour of the country’s 18 provinces.

August 22 is reserved for reflection and a day-off will be recorded on Wednesday, the day for the election of the president, vice-president and MPs.

ATTACK ON OBSERVATION MISSION

The SADC Observation Mission (SEOM), however, was attacked on Monday by alleged UNITA supporters during the rally of the main opposition party that took place in Cazenga municipality in Luanda.

The information was provided by the Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Andre da Silva Neto, during the meeting between CNE and the national and international observers, having strongly repudiated these acts of disruption that blemish the image of the electoral campaign that he considered satisfactory.

These acts caused considerable material damages to the vehicles of the international observers.

The chairperson, who did not provide details of the event, lamented the fact and apologized to the observers, ensuring that such incidents will never happen again. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh