Accreditation of journalists, observers starts
Luanda, Luanda – Accreditation of local and foreign journalists and observers with the National Electoral Commission (CNE) is already in progress with a view to the election of August 31 this year in Angola, Angop learned Thursday in Luanda. The information was released by CNE spokesperson, Júlia Ferreira, during a briefing with the press. Júlia Ferreira said the purpose of the accreditation is to provide journalists and election observers with their cards and badges clearing them for their job. She recalled that election observation consists mainly in verifying the impartiality of the CNE performance, following up and assessing its activity and of its organs, in line with the law. “The national and foreign observers are the link of the monitoring of the electoral process, and are not expected to play a disturbing role, but that of pacifier and any finding during the period of observation should first be notified to the CNE,” said the official. As to the media organs, the CNE during its 8th extraordinary session recently adopted a set of rules for accreditation of local and foreign journalists at least 20 days ahead of the election set for August 31- She further stated that CNE did not set limits to the number of journalists in order to permit a more comprehensive coverage of the whole process throughout the national territory, thus avoiding concentration in the capital.