The start of the update of the Official Electoral Register of Angolan citizens residing abroad was opened this Monday, in Cape Town, South Africa, in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Territory Administration, Marcy Lopes.
On the occasion, the Minister of Territory Administration considered the symbolic act of great importance, referring that, for the first time, the democratic process initiated “in our country” will allow Angolans residing abroad to be able to exercise their right to vote.
“Today’s date goes down in the history of our democracy as the day that the process of updating the Official Electoral Register abroad began,” he said.
According to Marcy Lopes, outside the country there will be no face-to-face registration, that is, the issuance of the voter’s card will not be carried out, but only the official electoral registration, upon presentation of the Identity Card.
The minister also urged all citizens over 18 years of age to join the process by updating the electoral register so that they can vote in the next general elections.
“In this process there is only one winner “Angola and the Angolans”, emphasized the Minister of Territory Administration in statements to Rádio Nacional de Angola.
The minister is accompanied by the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Angolan Communities, Domingos Custodio Vieira Lopes, and for Justice, Orlando Fernandes.
It is estimated that there are a total of 450,000 Angolans abroad, a number that will be confirmed with the registration that will extend until 31 March and the only valid document for this purpose is the Identity Card.