In a massive rally in the northern province of Zaire, the party’s president, João Lourenço, urged citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote and asked everyone equally to maintain civic behavior to discourage demonstrations of violence and political intolerance.
According to the leader of the MPLA, the organization aspires to win in the August elections, since at the head of the Government it sought to solve the main needs of the people, even amid the adverse conditions generated by the Covid-19 pandemic in the two last years.
Thousands of people attended the event on Saturday in the city of Mbanza Kongo, capital of Zaire, similar to what happened in other places in the country in support of the MPLA; however, it is necessary to carry out the work “door to door,” Lourenço said.
In this sense, he asked militants and supporters to convince family members at home, neighbors and residents of their neighborhoods that the correct vote should be in favor of the MPLA to continue important infrastructure programs, as well as in the field of health. , education, employment, housing, the fight against poverty, the provision of water and energy.
The party’s list of candidates for future deputies to the National Assembly (unicameral congress) places a woman, Esperança Costa, in second place; that is, she is her proposal to occupy the vice presidency of the Republic, an unprecedented event in national history, she said.
According to Lourenço, the commitment to promoting young people and women is present in the candidacy; because they appear in equal proportion with men, a gender equality that the MPLA has already achieved in its leadership structures at different levels, he said.
The also head of state and government expressed his concern about the smear campaign surrounding the upcoming elections, promoted by those who try to undermine the credibility of the process, although they have party representation in Parliament, the National Electoral Commission and other public institutions.
We appeal, he said, to the parties to assume their true role as educators and peacemakers, and work not only with their members, but with the entire society, so that the elections take place within the greatest civility possible.
According to him, each political force has the possibility of convincing the electorate about the relevance and superiority of its government program for the next five years.
If the parties do their job well, the Police will not need to impose order, explained the leader, who stressed the importance of avoiding intolerance and violence.