Minister calls for strengthening of mobolisation for ex-officio electoral registration

  • Minister of Territory Administration Marcy Lopes
Luanda – Angolan minister of Territory Administration Marcy Lopes Tuesday in Luanda appealed to the political parties and members of civil society to step up the mobilisation of citizens for the ex-officio electoral registration, due to start Thursday in the country.

Marcy Lopes made the appeal at a meeting with journalists, opinion makers and internet users.

He urged political parties to avoid the speech focused on fraud, adding that actions of the kind defile the process, making people stay away from the electoral registration and the poll.

“In the 2017 elections, for example, such practices caused a level of abstention that  reached 30%”, he stressed.

The minister assured the transparency in the unofficial electoral registration. He said that the ballot paper is “very difficult to forge”, as it has eight security elements, while a bank check has only five, ruling out the possibility of widespread electoral fraud.

He recalled that, in the country, the updating of electoral data will be carried out upon presentation of the Identity Document (ID) at the Public Service Counters (BUAP) and abroad at diplomatic and consular missions.

The meeting also addressed matters such as the importance of inspection of registration process, the ability to assign identity cards to all eligible citizens to vote and the possibility of the foreigners born in the country to participate in the elections.

It was also suggested to improve communication with citizens, involving the residents' committees and traditional and church authorities.

Ex-Officio electoral registration runs on September 23, 2021 - March 2022, while the in-person update for registration abroad is scheduled for January 2022.

Marcy Lopes made the appeal at a meeting with journalists, opinion makers and internet users.

He urged political parties to avoid the speech focused on fraud, adding that actions of the kind defile the process, making people stay away from the electoral registration and the poll.

“In the 2017 elections, for example, such practices caused a level of abstention that  reached 30%”, he stressed.

The minister assured the transparency in the unofficial electoral registration. He said that the ballot paper is “very difficult to forge”, as it has eight security elements, while a bank check has only five, ruling out the possibility of widespread electoral fraud.

He recalled that, in the country, the updating of electoral data will be carried out upon presentation of the Identity Document (ID) at the Public Service Counters (BUAP) and abroad at diplomatic and consular missions.

The meeting also addressed matters such as the importance of inspection of registration process, the ability to assign identity cards to all eligible citizens to vote and the possibility of the foreigners born in the country to participate in the elections.

It was also suggested to improve communication with citizens, involving the residents' committees and traditional and church authorities.

Ex-Officio electoral registration runs on September 23, 2021 - March 2022, while the in-person update for registration abroad is scheduled for January 2022.