Court receives legalisation request from six political organisations

Luanda – The Angolan Constitutional Court has recently received paperwork from six organisations in which they require to be legalised to function fully as political parties.

According to the director of the Office for Political Parties Issues of the said court, Marcy Lopes, the six organisations want to formalise their respective installation committees, so that they can take the subsequent steps towards officially becoming political parties, with a view to still being able to participate in the general elections, scheduled for August this year.

This information comes in last Thursday’s edition of the “O Pais” newspaper, in which Marcy Lopes reveals that, according to the law, political parties can be formed at any time.

He went on to explain that the country’s Electoral Law states that only those political organisations that are fully legal by the time an election is officially summoned can contest in it.

“If new parties are formed after this date (in which the election was officially summoned) they can be legalised, but they will not participate in the election as contestants”, he explained.

Marcy Lopes also clarified that legal parties can form coalitions at all times, as long as they submit the paperwork to the Constitutional Court and follow the required procedures.

He also reminded that according to the law political parties and coalitions that intend to participate in a given poll must submit, to the Constitutional Court, 15,000 signatures of members supporting such move (with the respective documentation).

According to information released by the Constitutional Court, currently the country has eleven legal political parties and one electoral coalition.

Source: Angola Press News Agency