LUANDA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — Angola delays vote to Aug. 26 in 15 polling
centers in parts of the country, Julia Ferreira, spokeswoman for National
Elections Commission announced on Thursday.
“In general terms, voting is extremely satisfying,” Ferreira said, adding
logistic reasons and bad weather have hampered distribution efforts of
voting equipment to remote areas of three provinces of Lunda-Norte, Moxico
and Benguela. Most polls closed on time, by 7 p.m. local time Wednesday in
landmark election that will see the departure of long-time serving
President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who has been in power since 1979 in
Africa’s second biggest oil producer. Voting is still underway and
preliminary results for Wednesday vote are expected to be announced
Thursday while final results will be reported by Sept. 6, Ferreira said.
Presidential candidate for Angola’s ruling party, the People’s Movement for
the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Lourenco is widely expected to win.
He campaigned on anti-corruption platform with the theme of “Improve what
is good, correct what is wrong.” – XINHUA