Africa-Press – Angola. Staff of the National Police, integrated in the structure of the Ministry of the Interior in Cabinda, were informed, this Tuesday, about the different typifications of the Organic Law of General Elections, with emphasis on electoral crimes and the positioning of the defense and security forces in the assurance to political-electoral activities.
The Attorney General of the Republic in Cabinda, Dongala Mbambi, who gave a lecture at the invitation of Minint, appealed to the staff to keep in mind the legal principles, because, he reiterated, only in this way will they be equipped with knowledge to better serve the citizens before, during and after the lawsuit.
He added that it is necessary to convey to voters a feeling of confidence in the work of public order and tranquility. For this, the staff and cadres of the Ministry of the Interior must observe the legal principles, preventing them from incurring violations. “The penalties defined in the law on General Elections do not allow suspension of sentences”, warned the magistrate.
The Attorney General of Cabinda mentioned, as a minimal example, in the event that an agent does not attend the polling stations to carry out his work, jeopardizing his protection, he is subject to criminal sanctions, with a prison sentence ranging from 3 to 6 months, with the application of a fine of 500 to 1 million kwanzas.
Dongala Mbambi extended her appeal to society in general, emphasizing that citizens should see the elections as a moment of celebration, in which everyone is called to think about the best they can give to their homeland, namely “to whom their vote and, through it, be able to exercise political power within that certain period”.
He also mentioned that the Electoral Law only gives the right to each citizen to vote once, and that all those who, moved by excessive ambitions or unconfessed pretensions, try to vote more than once, are criminally liable.
Prosecutor Dongala Mbambi said that “the penalties in the context of electoral crimes are, in some way, heavy”, and of a cumulative nature, having effective characteristics, that is, once the individual is judged and the facts proved, and, in that condition, is consequently convicted, he must serve the effective sentence.
“The sentences go up to eight years, with the aggravating factor of being suspended from public activities”, explained the prosecutor Dongala Mbambi, having appealed to the staff of the Ministry of the Interior to respect the rules to avoid consequences that can affect not only personal life, but also familiar.