President submits request to review law on general elections

  • President of Republic João Lourenço
Luanda – Angolan head of State João Lourenço asked Thursday the National Assembly to review some matters related to the Amendment to the Law on General Elections.

The request is expressed in a note released by the President’s Civil Affairs Office, noting that the move is meant to "strengthen, in some areas, the instruments that guarantee greater equality among the competitors.

The objective is also to ensure healthy competition, fairness and electoral truth, under the permanent implementation of the democratic rule of law" .

On the Law of Amendment to the Organic Law on General Elections, João Lourenço decided pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 124 of the Constitution of the Republic, which lay down the procedures for the promulgation of laws of the National Assembly, by the President of the Republic.

The aforementioned article states that the President promulgates the laws of the National Assembly within 30 days after receiving them and, before the expiry of this period, may request, in a reasoned manner, to Parliament for a new assessment of the diploma or of some of its norms.

Law on the Amendment to Electoral Registration Promulgated

In its note, the Civil Affairs Office explains that the President João Lourenço promulgated  Thursday the Law of Amendment to  Ex-Officio Electoral Registration Law.

In final global vote, held on 1st September, the National Assembly approved the amendments to the Ex-Officio  and Organic Electoral Registration Laws of General Elections.

The Law of Amendment to the Ex-Officio Electoral Registration was approved unanimously, while that of Organic  Electoral Registration law received 126 favorable votes, 52 against, by opposition UNITA, CASA-CE and PRS parties, and one abstention from another opposition FNLA party.

The diplomas clarify matters of an electoral nature about voting, including abroad, and active electoral capacity, since those in force do not fit in with the current context.

The final global vote on the amendment laws took place during the 12th Extraordinary Plenary Meeting of the IV Legislature, chaired by National Assembly Speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

The request is expressed in a note released by the President’s Civil Affairs Office, noting that the move is meant to "strengthen, in some areas, the instruments that guarantee greater equality among the competitors.

The objective is also to ensure healthy competition, fairness and electoral truth, under the permanent implementation of the democratic rule of law" .

On the Law of Amendment to the Organic Law on General Elections, João Lourenço decided pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 124 of the Constitution of the Republic, which lay down the procedures for the promulgation of laws of the National Assembly, by the President of the Republic.

The aforementioned article states that the President promulgates the laws of the National Assembly within 30 days after receiving them and, before the expiry of this period, may request, in a reasoned manner, to Parliament for a new assessment of the diploma or of some of its norms.

Law on the Amendment to Electoral Registration Promulgated

In its note, the Civil Affairs Office explains that the President João Lourenço promulgated  Thursday the Law of Amendment to  Ex-Officio Electoral Registration Law.

In final global vote, held on 1st September, the National Assembly approved the amendments to the Ex-Officio  and Organic Electoral Registration Laws of General Elections.

The Law of Amendment to the Ex-Officio Electoral Registration was approved unanimously, while that of Organic  Electoral Registration law received 126 favorable votes, 52 against, by opposition UNITA, CASA-CE and PRS parties, and one abstention from another opposition FNLA party.

The diplomas clarify matters of an electoral nature about voting, including abroad, and active electoral capacity, since those in force do not fit in with the current context.

The final global vote on the amendment laws took place during the 12th Extraordinary Plenary Meeting of the IV Legislature, chaired by National Assembly Speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.