Angola delays vote to Aug. 26 in 15 polling centers

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-24 18:06:42|Editor: Yamei
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LUANDA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Angola delays vote to Aug. 26 in 15 polling centers in parts of the country, Julia Ferreira, spokeswoman for National Elections Commission announced on Thursday.

"In general terms, voting is extremely satisfying," Ferreira said, adding logistic reasons and bad weather have hampered distribution efforts of voting equipment to remote areas of three provinces of Lunda-Norte, Moxico and Benguela.

Most polls closed on time, by 7 p.m. local time Wednesday in landmark election that will see the departure of long-time serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who has been in power since 1979 in Africa's second biggest oil producer.

Voting is still underway and preliminary results for Wednesday vote are expected to be announced Thursday while final results will be reported by Sept. 6, Ferreira said.

Presidential candidate for Angola's ruling party, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Joao Lourenco is widely expected to win. He campaigned on anti-corruption platform with the theme of "Improve what is good, correct what is wrong."