Angola to list 1.5m new voters for 2017 poll

The Angolan government targets registering at least 1.5 million new voters ahead of the 2017 General Election, official said.
The State Secretary for Territory Administration and Institutional Matters, Mr AdAo de Almeida, who addressed journalists after a Cabinet meeting, said the registration would start in the second half of 2016 and run until March-April 2017.
The Cabinet meeting, at the Presidential Palace that was presided over by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, approved the regulations for the registration.
President dos Santos announced a fortnight ago that Angola’s General Election would be held in August 2017.
One more term
The poll will be Angola’s third since the end of civil war in 2002.
The governing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has been in power since Angola’s independence from Portugal in 1975.
In 2012, President dos Santos, 73, who has ruled the country since 1979, secured one more term, making him Africa’s second longest-serving leader after Theodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea.
His party won Angola’s elections in 1992, 2008 and 2012 with a parliamentary majority.
Ruling party
Angola has seen many youth protests since 2011, which often called for the end of President dos Santos’s nearly 36 years reign.
The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), led by Mr Isaías Samakuva, is the second-largest political party.
The ruling party dominates parliament with, with 175 seats out of 220.
Mr de Almeida appealed to all the citizens of voting age to report to the registration posts for the “live tests”.
“The live test seeks to enlist new voters while removing the dead from the data base,” he added.