In a move that surprised almost no one, Angola’s main opposition party, UNITA, submitted an appeal to the constitutional court to annul the results of the August election. The election gave the ruling MPLA a landslide victory.
According to UNITA, the electoral process failed to comply with the law. UNITA presented the appeal, accompanied with boxes of supporting documents late on September 8.
Angola’s National Electoral Commission (CNE) published definitive results on September 6 giving MPLA 61% of the vote and UNITA 27%.
While UNITA and other opposition groups repeatedly filed complaints throughout the two weeks of vote counting, CNE rejected them all.
“The law was completely violated and that means the results which the CNE published are invalid,” Ruben Sicato, UNITA spokesman, told reporters as the appeal was filed.