Angolan ruling party gains about 82% of votes in legislative race 2008-09-17 15:11:47   Print

    LUANDA, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Angola's ruling party the MPLA gained 81.64 percent of the votes in the final results of the country's parliamentary elections, the Angolan electoral commission announced late Tuesday.

    It was Angola's first election since a 27-year civil war ended in the country in 2002.

    The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won 191 seats in the 220-member parliament in the election on September 5, the commission said.

    The main opposition party the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola garnered 10.39 percent of the votes, having16 deputies elected into the national assembly.

    The turnout was 87 percent, according to the commission.

    Over 8.2 million Angolans were registered for the elections and cast their votes at 12,274 polling stations across the country on September 5.    

    To show the world that Angola pursues after democracy, the government invited 1,200 foreign observers from 17 international organizations and 10 countries to follow up the elections. Fourteen out of Angola's 150 political parties and coalitions tookpart in the elections to vie for the 220 parliamentary seats.

    The electoral commission released the last provisional results of the September 5 parliamentary elections last week, which continued to place the ruling MPLA party in the lead with 4,520,453 million votes.

    The commissions has been counting the votes in the Special Ballot Boxes and also studying mechanisms to sort out the situation with what has been termed as "Votes Under Complaint" before releasing the final results.

    After the vote, the Embassy of the United States in Angola has congratulated the Angolan people on the commitment and serenity shown during the parliamentary elections.

    U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena who was conducting an assessment of the U.S. observer mission to the elections told reporters that he was satisfied with the way the electoral process was held countrywide.     

    The European Union observer mission has also praised the efforts made by Angola's electoral commission to secure balanced parliamentary elections and overcome constraints in an impartial and practical way.     

    Meanwhile, the observer mission of the Southern Africa Development Community has released a communique on the elections, considering that the elections were credible, peaceful and transparent. 

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