EISA Technical Assessment Team to the Angola 2008 National Assembly Elections: Launch statement

26 August 2008

EISA is deploying a Technical Assessment Team to the Angolan National Assembly Elections scheduled for 05 September 2008. The team will be composed of five members and is expected to arrive in Luanda on 27 August in order to hold a series of meetings with election stakeholders ahead of election day. Stakeholders include the National Electoral Commission: Comissão Nacional Eleitoral (CNE), political parties, CSOs and academics. The team will remain in the country until 7 September in order to observe the voting and counting processes as well as post polling activities. The team will cover selected rural and urban areas around Angola.

The general objectives of the mission conform to EISA's mission of promoting credible elections and democratic governance in Africa. In particular, the mission seeks to determine:

  • If the conditions exist for the conduct of elections that would allow the people of Angola to freely express their will and their choice;
  • If the elections will be conducted in accordance with the legal and constitutional framework for elections that is established in the Republic of Angola;
  • If the electoral process will be conducted in accordance with the EISA/ECF Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC Region (PEMMO).

EISA is a regional non governmental organisation established in 1996 and based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its mission is to strive for excellence in the promotion of credible elections, participatory democracy, human rights culture and the strengthening of governance institutions for the consolidation of democracy in Africa. It services governments, electoral commissions, political parties, civil society organisations and other institutions operating in the democracy and governance fields in the SADC region.