Angola / Pan-African Parliament (PAP) /
Election observer mission to the angolan legislative elections / 5 september 2008 / Arrival statement
LUANDA, Angola, August 30, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is pleased to announce the arrival of its Election Observer Mission to the Angolan legislative elections scheduled for 5 September 2008. The Mission would like to express its gratitude to the CNE for the invitation to observe the election. The Mission is led by Hon. Dr Idriss Ndele Moussa from the National Assembly of Chad. Hon. Veronica Nataniel Macamo of the National Assembly of Mozambique is the Deputy Mission Leader and Hon. Johnson Bartile Toskin of the National Assembly of Uganda is the Rapporteur.
The Mission is composed of fifteen (15) Parliamentarians from all five regions of Africa, supported by eleven (11) support staff from the PAP Secretariat and the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) which is collaborating with PAP on this Mission. The Members of the Mission participated in a session to enhance their knowledge and skills in election observation and they seek to meet the following objectives of the Pan African Parliament:
Promoting the principles of human rights and democracy in Africa;
Encouraging good governance, transparency and accountability in Member States; and
Promoting peace, security and stability”.
Deployment and Activities.
Members of the Mission began arriving in Angola on 22 August and will remain in the country until 8 September 2008.
PAP Observers will participate in a briefing from 30-31 August where they will be addressed by government officials, representatives of political parties, civil society media and academics. On Monday 1 September, the Mission will deploy six teams to different provinces in Angola. The teams will meet with local stakeholders, regional representatives of the Electoral Commission and other local representatives of the election stakeholders.
On Election Day, Members of the PAP Mission will observe voting and counting at the polling stations. Members of the Mission will return to Luanda to attend a debriefing session and to assess the electoral process to that point.
The Interim Statement will be delivered at a press conference to be held on Sunday 7 September 2008. Members of the Mission will leave Angola on Monday 8 September 2008. The Pan African Parliament will continue to monitor the process until the finalisation of the election results upon which the Mission’s final report and final assessment of the Angola legislative elections will be made.
About the Pan African Parliament
The Pan-African Parliament was established in March 2004, by Article 17 of The Constitutive Act of the African Union, as one of the nine Organs provided for in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja , Nigeria , in 1991.
The establishment of the Pan-African Parliament is informed by a vision to provide a common platform for African peoples and their grass-roots organizations to be more involved in discussions and decision-making on the problems and challenges facing the continent.
The seat of the Parliament is in Midrand, South Africa.
The Pan-African Parliamentarians represent all the peoples of Africa. The ultimate aim of the Pan-African Parliament is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose Members are elected by universal adult suffrage.
Contact the Mission
The Mission Secretariat is based in Room 603 at the Hotel Tropico in Luanda
Mr Kenneth Akibate : Mission Coordinator – 929638960
Ms Yvette Ondinga : Mission Secretariat – 929560074
Mr Deolindo Casimiro : Mission Secretariat – 928363974
Hon. Dr Idriss Ndele Moussa
Mission Leader – PAP Election Observer Mission to the Angolan Legislative Elections
SOURCE : Pan African Parliament