Angolan citizens living abroad will be able to exercise their right to vote in the next general elections, provided they have valid identity documents.
The guarantee was given by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Marcy Lopes, at the press conference for the presentation of the Proposal of Revision Law of the Constitution of the Republic, analyzed on March 2, by the Council of Ministers and sent to the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), on the same day, for approval.
Marcy Lopes also explained that those citizens with expired identity documents should update them at the diplomatic missions of the countries where they are, before proceeding with voter registration.
“Only those who present proof that they are Angolan citizens, with a document issued by the competent national authority, will register in person,” the minister said, adding that those who claim to be national citizens, without carrying any document that identifies them as Angolan, will not be able to register.
With the approval of the Constitutional Revision Law (Law n.˚ 18/2021, of 16 August), voting abroad became a reality, and for the first time Angolan communities abroad could vote.
In his State of the Nation speech on 15 October 2021, His Excellency the President of the Republic João Lourenço said that “for the first time since the implementation of multiparty system in Angola, citizens abroad will be able to vote.”
Speaking at the Central Act in Singapore, of the celebration of the 46th Anniversary of National Independence, His Excellency Daniel António Rosa, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola in this country, said the unofficial voter registration process is currently underway throughout the country, in order for national citizens of voting age to exercise their right to participate in this important act of citizenship. “For Angolan citizens residing in Singapore, the Philippines and other countries under the jurisdiction of this Embassy, the unofficial voter registration update process is expected to begin in January 2022 and ends in March of the same year. No new voter cards will be issued, but the Identity Card will be enough for the update of the aforesaid registration. Technical teams from the Ministries of Territory Administration, External Relations, and the Embassy in Singapore are expected to be engaged to work on the process from January next year.”