AU launches Angola polls observation mission-Xinhua

AU launches Angola polls observation mission

Source: Xinhua| 2022-08-25 00:32:30|Editor: huaxia

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The African Union Commission (AUC) on Wednesday announced it has launched an election observation mission to observe the Angolan polls.

In a press statement, the AUC said the 35-member AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM), which was headed by former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and supported by a team of 14 experts, has been deployed to observe the Angola polls and their aftermath.

"As part of its observation process in Angola, the AUEOM will engage with various stakeholders as well as observe the polling process and issue its preliminary statement on the electoral assessment Friday," the statement said.

Angolan voters are heading to polling stations Wednesday to elect the southern African country's new president as well as members of the National Assembly.

According to the National Electoral Commission of Angola, a total of 14.3 million voters have been registered and are expected to cast ballots in what's expected to be the most competitive election since 1992.

Eight candidates running on the tickets of seven political parties and a coalition will compete in this year's general election, believed to be a closely fought election since democratic elections were first introduced in the country in 1992.

Incumbent President Joao Lourenco is running on a ticket of the ruling party MPLA, in hopes of seeking a second term in office. He will face the challenge from his major rival Adalberto Costa Junior, leader of the country's largest opposition party UNITA.