EISA Angola: Electoral reform

2003


Conference

Key organisations working on elections in Angola, COIEPA, Luanda-based Electoral Network, Huambo-based Electoral Network, União dos Jornalistas de Angola, the Angolan Southern Journalists Union (Coopil); the Angola 2000 Network and Associação para o Desenvolvimento Rural de Angola (ADRA), met for six days to study the legislation and produced a civil society position in regard to the laws that should govern the next elections, tentatively scheduled for 2006.

Parliamentary political parties

EISA provided assistance to political parties, including distribution of electoral acts of SADC countries, codes of conduct and PEMMO in order to assist them in legislating within the spirit of the SADC Election Principles and Guidelines.

Workshops

Following the setting up of the office in May 2003, EISA Angola held technical workshops to assist the ongoing electoral process. Three workshops were held during the last quarter of 2004. The workshops aimed at assisting civil society electoral organisations to participate in the law-making process, especially the revision of laws governing elections.

Based on the electoral laws which governed the 1992 presidential and parliamentary elections in Angola, regional experiences and the Principles for Election Management, Monitoring and Observation in the SADC region (PEMMO), CSOs decided to revisit existing laws, analyse proposed bills and propose provisions that are considered to be conducive to free and fair elections. EISA brought in resource persons from the SADC region to share regional experiences and provided technical support to local groups on an ongoing basis.

EISA assisted the most relevant Angolan groups working in the area of elections. These include COIEPA, Luanda-based Electoral Network, Huambo-based Electoral Network, União dos Jornalistas de Angola, the Angolan Southern Journalists Union (Coopil); the Angola 2000 Network and Associação para o Desenvolvimento Rural de Angola (ADRA).