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Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:30 - Updated Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:30

A RIGHT, A DUTY!

This is a call for participation, made at a time the voter registration process is in progress since its launch on August 25 this year, a hard task that will go until March 31 next year, requiring from all Angolans in voting age a minimum, but siginificant effort. After all, voter registration is not a mere counting of adult citizens. It is the affirmation of a commitment to the future of the country.

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Minister of Territory Administration Bornito de Sousa

Photo: Francisco Miudo

The reason for the appeal to the participation finds its ground exactly on this prerequisite. Assuming citizenship as enjoyment of rights and compliance with duties, the involvement of all adult and conscious citizens is recommended, as they are aware that the deepening of democracy is crucial to the so much desired progress of Angola.

It was not casual that His Excellency the President of the Republic set due example being the first adult citizen to update his voter data, within the framework of the ongoing nationwide process.
After a thorough ground work, the implementation followed. The whole undertaking will be conducted in multiple stages. At start, the process will cater for citizens who participated in previous elections. This will be followed by a simultaneous registration of new adult citizens. That is, those registering for the first time, including the reissue of lost cards.

The principle, therefore, is that no citizen shall be left out of a process clearly seen as a permanent and irreversible national commitment for the people of Angola and the State institutions to peace and democracy.

And, more than never, this is high time we all raised our hand to say “present”, showing readiness to be citizens and enjoy our rights, but also fulfil our duties.

To those tasked with undertaking such a relevant task remains the guarantee that it will be carried out within the marks set by the laws in force in the Republic of Angola. Also remains the certainty of transparency in the conduction of the process, and openness for the entities, as per the law, and once duly certified, to scrutinise it to its end.

Bornito de Sousa
Minister of Territory Administration
(In: Revista Nossa Terra, nº 5 – July/August/September 2016)

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