Angola’s opposition party candidate votes

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The presidential candidate of Angola’s main opposition party, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), has cast his vote, state-owned broadcaster TPA has reported.

Adalberto da Costa Junior voted in the Nova Vida urban district, Kilamba Kiaxi municipality, in the capital Luanda.

According to reporter Nelson Cunha from TPA, Mr Junior, was accompanied by his wife and a jubilant crowd, which “hindered” the work of the reporters attempting to cover the event, as the view of the cameras seemed to be obstructed by the crowd.

The Unita candidate took the occasion to address the press and highlight the lack of sufficient voter registers for the agents monitoring the process.

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“I noticed that the voting is taking place without the voter register being distributed to the agents, there is only one voters’ register at the polling station. Still I would like to urge all Angolans to vote. This is an historic event, I hope everyone casts their vote in an atmosphere of peace and respect for the laws,” he said.

Unita is one of the eight political parties, seeking to elect its candidate to the presidency and to the 220 seats in the Angolan legislative assembly, in what analysts have described as a highly contested election.

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