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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:12 - Updated Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:12

Election2017: Constitutional Court turns down FNLA appeal

Luanda - The Constitutional Court Tuesday in Luanda considered groundless the appeal filed by the opposition Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola (FNLA) against the election of 23 August this year.

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Opposition FNLA representative, Simão Gaspar

Photo: Rosario dos Santos

The Constitutional Court also notified on Tuesday the FNLA’s representative, Gabriel Simão, who considered the ruling “legal” as the law states that the institution’s decision is irrevocable.

Speaking to journalists, the politician recalled that the appeal lodged by his party was meant to seek the annulment of the procedures followed by the National Electoral Commission in the tabulation of the provisional and consolidated results.

The ruling blames FNLA for neglecting some aspects and the CNE tabulation was effected in compliance with the law and time.

FNLA is the second opposition party whose appeal has been turned down by the Constitutional Court as groundless, after the Social Renewal Party (PRS)’s met with a rejection.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court plenary session continues on Wednesday to look into the appeal lodged by the opposition UNITA and CASA-CE coalition.

According to the Electoral Law, the 11-judge Constitutional Court’s rulings on the validity or nullity of the voting in response to the appeal lodged by the opposition parties are irrevocable.

The consolidated results released by the CNE give the ruling party and its presidential candidate a 61,08 percent win and 150 of a 220-seat Parliament.

Main opposition UNITA got 26,68% and 51 seats, CASA-CE coalition (9,45% -16 seats), PRS (1,35% - two), FNLA (0,93% - one) and APN (0,51% - none).

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