Angola’s Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal by the largest opposition party to annul the results of last month’s election, which gave a landslide victory to the ruling MPLA party.
The Constitutional Court said the evidence presented by The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) does not prove that there were any irregularities or biases in the electoral process. The ruling is final and cannot be appealed.
A spokesperson for UNITA said the party does not have any immediate comment. The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won the August twenty-third vote with 61 percent, with UNITA second on twenty-seven percent.
UNITA had argued that in multiple provinces the results presented by the National Electoral Commission differed considerably from their own tally, alleging the results were not the product of local vote counting but were instead centrally engineered.
The Constitutional Court dismissed this argument, saying the polling station tallies presented by UNITA do not show any bias against the party.