Angola holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday August 24, 2022 in what is expected to be the biggest yet challenge to the country’s longstanding one-party rulers.
Afrika Eyes learnt that the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) faces the most significant challenge from opposition parties for decades.
More than 14 million people in the oil and diamond rich country are eligible to vote, with a high turnout likely after polls showed the main opposition party closer to victory than many expected.
Observers have described the election as an “existential moment” for Angola, and a test for democracy across a swath of sub-Saharan Africa.
UNITA fears the unverified voter register could be used to rig the vote in favor of the ruling party.