Unmatched Immersion – Toshiba TV’s M550

HONG KONG, Aug. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Upgrading the viewing experience to more than just immersive and gaming experience to more than just fun, the M550 is one of Toshiba TV’s latest 4K additions to the market that offers, at long last, a truly meaningful alternative to a full-fledged OLED television with just as many impressive features.

Underlying the M550 is Toshiba TV’s VIDAA OS, a swift and responsive operating system that makes the television much easier – and more pleasant – to interact with. Part of the responsiveness is credited to VIDAA’s smart voice control setup, which gives users voice free reign over virtually limitless content available via its universal platform search function. On top of making the M550 exponentially easier to interact with, VIDAA also provides endless access to an array of supported applications on the platform in ways that keep users viewing experience unspoiled.

The M550’s swiftness, however, does not stop here. Equipped with a 60Hz panel, the television also offers exceptional gaming experiences for all gamers alike. Compatible with diverse game refresh rates, the 4k resolution TV intelligently adapts to the right frequency when needed, effectively eliminating stutters, and giving the users a huge uptick in gaming experience.

On the non-gaming front, the M550 offers equally intelligent features that contribute to the lifelike depth of its images. Using adaptive precision backlighting technology, the TV’s Full-array Local Dimming feature, coupled with Quantum Dot, restore to each individual pixel its proper coloration, which makes possible for greater contrasts as well as more uniform color variations without the usual side effects conventional lighting brings, making pictures on screen stunningly vivid.

Forever tuned to the tone of the users voice, the flickers in a game, or the irreplicable nuances of an image on screen, Toshiba TV’s M550 is always ready to stream and game, unmatched in its accessibility, responsiveness, the rich assortment of content it brings, and the immersive experiences it makes available.

To find out more about the M550 series and the brand’s latest products that deliver the most brilliant cinematic experiences, stay tuned to Toshiba TV on social media: FacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube.

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Hisense TV’s Volume Share of Shipment Ranked Top 2 Worldwide, Maintaining Growth for 3 Consecutive Years

QINGDAO, China, Aug. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to the latest data released by market research agency Omdia, Hisense TV ranked second in worldwide volume share of shipment in the Q2 of 2022, only nexy to Samsung; Worldwide volume share and worldwide revenue share of Hisense TV ranked first among Chinese brands, and continue to lead.

Regardless, under the downfall of the TV market, Hisense, through its superb technology and high-quality products, has maintained continuous growth in the global TV market. According to Omdia, Hisense TV’s volume share of shipment reaches 12.1%, ranked Top 2 worldwide volume share of shipment in Q2 2022, and ranked 1st among Chinese brands in worldwide volume share and worldwide revenue share, consistently emerging as an industry leader in the TV industry.

Hisense Global TV Shipments Expected to Exceed 20 Million Units This Year

Greater demands for and use of TVs during the pandemic have increased the probability of TV replacement. As market demand for TVs increase, Hisense large-screen TVs are now seizing the high-end large-screen market.

Omdia reports that in Q2 2022, even as global TV shipments declined 11% QoQ, Hisense TV shipments continued to increase by 5% QoQ with a 1.9 ppts QoQ increase in volume share of shipment, becoming one of the brands with the highest growth in global TV shipments and sustained growth for 3 consecutive years.

Hisense expects its Global TV shipments to exceed 20 million units in 2022, of which shipments to the PRC market will account for 35% and 65% to overseas markets.

Leading products and advanced technologies enhanced the enterprise’s technology and product competitiveness within the market. Hisense TV’s global success isn’t a coincidence, but a reflection of Hisense’s technical strength, brand capability, and innovation. As Hisense TVs continue to gain more industry and consumer recognition in the global market, it has accelerated Hisense’s globalization process. Under Hisense’s initiative, the large-screen and premium TV industry is witnessing tremendous growth on a global scale.

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BOSTON, Aug. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The following statement is being issued by Professor Eric D. Green, Special Master for the Department of Justice’s Takata Airbag Individual Restitution Fund and Trustee of the Tort Compensation Trust Fund Created in the Takata Bankruptcy Cases.

Takata Defective Airbag Claims

Professor Eric D. Green, as Special Master and Trustee, announced a compensation program in May 2018 for individuals who have suffered or will suffer personal injury or wrongful death caused by the rupture or aggressive deployment of a Takata phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate airbag inflator (a “Takata Airbag Inflator Defect”).  Under that program, claimants may seek compensation from the Department of Justice’s $125 million Individual Restitution Fund (“IRF”) and/or the approximately $140 million Takata Airbag Tort Compensation Trust Fund (“TATCTF”). The claim process is ongoing and eligible claimants still have time to act.

There are three types of claims that can be brought by individuals who suffered injury or wrongful death caused by a Takata Airbag Inflator Defect: (i) an “IRF Claim” against Takata for compensation from the IRF, the personal injury and wrongful death restitution fund overseen by the Special Master and established under the Restitution Order entered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in connection with the Department of Justice’s criminal case against Takata, U.S. v. Takata Corporation, Case No. 16-cr-20810 (E.D. Mich.); (ii) a “Trust Claim” against Takata for compensation from the TATCTF, the personal injury and wrongful death trust fund overseen by the Trustee and established in connection with Takata’s Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and (iii) a “POEM Claim” against a Participating Original Equipment Manufacturer (a “POEM;” presently the only POEM is Honda/Acura) for compensation from the POEM, which must be resolved through the TATCTF overseen by the Trustee.

Each of these three types of claims has its own eligibility requirements; however, each claim type covers only physical injuries and wrongful death resulting from a Takata Airbag Inflator Defect. Claims related to injuries or wrongful death caused by other airbag components — such as airbag failure to deploy, spontaneous airbag deployment, crash injuries unrelated to the inflator, or economic losses unrelated to physical injuries or death — are not covered by the three types of claims described above.

Individuals can access the claim forms, which include detailed instructions regarding how to file a claim, on the IRF website, www.takataspecialmaster.com, or on the TATCTF website, www.TakataAirbagInjuryTrust.com.

Oversight of the Claims Process and Resources for More Information

Professor Green was appointed by the District Court to serve as the Special Master overseeing IRF Claims and was appointed by the Bankruptcy Court to serve as the Trustee overseeing Trust Claims and POEM Claims.

For more information about eligibility requirements, filing deadlines and how to file a claim, please visit www.takataspecialmaster.com, www.TakataAirbagInjuryTrust.com, email Questions@TakataAirbagInjuryTrust.com, or call us toll-free at (888) 215-9544.

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‫إذا تعرضت لإصابة بسبب الأخطاء الناتجة عن الوسادات الهوائية من شركة تاكاتا، فقد تظل مؤهلاً للحصول على تعويض من خلال عملية المطالبة بالأصول الخاصة ومطالبة أمين الصندوق في قضايا الإصابات الشخصية أو الوفاة الخاطئة.

بوسطن، 29 أغسطس 2022 / PRNewswire / — أصدر هذا البيان البروفيسور إريك دي غرين، المشرف القضائي الخاص لصندوق وزارة العدل للتعويض الشخصي في قضية الوسادات الهوائية من شركة تاكاتا وأمين الصندوق الاستئماني للتعويض عن الضرر الذي تم إنشاؤه في قضايا إفلاس شركة تاكاتا.

المطالبات عن الوسادات الهوائية المعيبة من شركة تاكاتا

أعلن البروفيسور إريك دي غرين، بصفته المشرف القضائي والأمين، عن إطلاق برنامج تعويض شخصي في مايو 2018 للأفراد الذين عانوا أو سيعانون من إصابة شخصية أو وفاة ناتجة عن الخطأ بسبب التمزق أو الانطلاق العنيف لنافخة الوسادة الهوائية المحشوة بنترات الأمونيوم المثبتة من شركة تاكاتا (“عيب نافخة الوسادة الهوائية المُصنعة من تاكاتا”). وبموجب هذا البرنامج، قد يطلب أصحاب المطالبات تعويضًا من صندوق وزارة العدل للتعويض الشخصي والبالغة قيمته 125 مليون دولار أمريكي (“ IRF “) و/أو الصندوق الاستئماني للتعويض عن أضرار الوسادات الهوائية المُصنعة من شركة تاكاتا (“ TATCTF “) الذي تبلغ قيمته حوالي 140 مليون دولار أمريكي. وتكون عملية المطالبة مستمرة وما زال أمام أصحاب المطالبات المؤهلين الوقت الكافي لتقديمها.

تتوفر ثلاثة أنواع من المطالبات التي يمكن للأفراد الذين عانوا من إصابة أو وفاة ناتجة عن الخطأ بسبب عيب نافخة الوسادة الهوائية من تاكاتا تقديمها: (1) “مطالبة صندوق التعويض الشخصي” ضد تاكاتا للحصول على تعويض من صندوق التعويض الشخصي، وهو صندوق التعويض عن الإصابات الشخصية والوفاة الناتجة عن الخطأ الخاضع لإشراف المشرف القضائي والمؤسس بموجب أمر التعويض الصادر عن محكمة الولايات المتحدة المحلية التابعة لمنطقة شرق ميشيغان فيما يتعلق بالقضية الجنائية لوزارة العدل ضد تاكاتا، قضية الولايات المتحدة ضد شركة تاكاتا رقم 16- cr-20810 (E.D . Mich.) ؛ و(2) “المطالبة الاستئمانية” ضد تاكاتا للحصول على تعويض من الصندوق الاستئماني للتعويض عن أضرار الوسادات الهوائية المُصنعة من شركة تاكاتا، وهو الصندوق الاستئماني للتعويض عن الإصابات الشخصية وحالات القتل الخطأ الخاضع لإشراف أمين الصندوق والمؤسس وفقًا للفصل 11 من خطة إعادة تنظيم تاكاتا الصادرة في محكمة الإفلاس لمقاطعة ديلاوير، و(3) “مطالبة الشركة المشاركة في تصنيع المعدات الأصلية ( POEM )” ضد الشركة المشاركة في تصنيع المعدات الأصلية (التي أصبحت حاليًا شركة هوندا/أكيورا) للحصول على تعويض من الشركة المشاركة المشاركة في تصنيع المعدات الأصلية والتي يجب حلها من خلال الصندوق الاستئماني للتعويض عن أضرار الوسادات الهوائية المُصنعة من شركة تاكاتا الخاضع لإشراف أمين الصندوق.

 ولكل نوع من الأنواع الثلاثة للمطالبات متطلبات أهلية خاصة به؛ ومع ذلك، لا يغطي كل نوع من المطالبات سوى الإصابات الجسدية وحالات الوفاة الناتجة عن الخطأ بسبب عيب نافخة الوسادات الهوائية المُصنعة من تاكاتا. ولا تغطي الأنواع الثلاثة للمطالبات المبينة أعلاه المطالبات المتعلقة بالإصابات أو حالات الوفاة الناتجة عن الخطأ الناجمة عن مكونات الوسادة الهوائية الأخرى — مثل تعطل انطلاق الوسادة الهوائية، أو الانطلاق التلقائي للوسادة الهوائية، أو إصابات الاصطدام غير المرتبطة بنافخة الوسادة الهوائية، أو الخسائر الاقتصادية غير المرتبطة بالإصابات الجسدية أو الوفاة.

يمكن للأفراد الوصول إلى نماذج المطالبة، والتي تتضمن إرشادات مفصلة تخص كيفية تقديم المطالبة، على الموقع الإلكتروني لصندوق التعويض الشخصي ( IRF ): www.takataspecialmaster.com ، أو الموقع الإلكتروني للصندوق الاستئماني للتعويض عن أضرار الوسادات الهوائية المُصنعة من شركة تاكاتا ( TATCTF ): www.TakataAirbagInjuryTrust.com .

الإشراف على إجراء المطالبات والموارد لمزيد من المعلومات

تم تعيين البروفسور غرين من قبل محكمة المقاطعة للعمل كمشرف قضائي على مطالبات صندوق التعويض الشخصي ( IRF ) وعُيّن من قبل محكمة الإفلاس ليكون بمثابة الأمين المشرف على المطالبات الاستئمانية ومطالبات الشركة المشاركة في تصنيع المعدات الأصلية ( POEM ).

لمزيد من المعلومات حول متطلبات الأهلية، والمواعيد النهائية للتقدم بمطالبات التعويض، يُرجى زيارة www.takataspecialmaster.com ، www.TakataAirbagInjuryTrust.com ، أو التواصل عبر البريد الإلكتروني Questions@TakataAirbagInjuryTrust. com ، أو الاتصال على الرقم المجاني:9544-215 (888).

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Pylontech Named on 2022 Forbes China 50 Most Innovative Companies List

SHANGHAI, Aug. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Pylon Technologies (Pylontech), a dedicated battery energy storage system (BESS) provider, has announced it has been named as one of the 2022 Forbes China 50 Most Innovative Companies in the new energy field.

Pylontech is one of the few companies with independent R&D and manufacturing capabilities for core components used in energy storage including battery cells, modules and battery management systems. The release of the China 50 Most Innovative Companies list honours businesses that create a major impact on their business model, R&D investment, self-growth, corporate governance and other elements driven by innovation.

Inclusion in the list demonstrates Pylontech’s aptitude for innovation and leadership within the renewable and sustainable sector and represents significant and additional recognition after gaining entry into the MSCI Index. As a global leading energy storage system(ESS) provider, Pylontech has served residential, industrial, and utility sectors for decades.

Pylontech vice president Geoffrey Song said: “It’s a great honor to be named on Forbes China 50 Most Innovative Companies. The inclusion strengthens our confidence to continue to invest in the R&D of more innovative products. We will continue to focus on energy storage development and adhere to innovation and R&D to achieve net zero carbon emissions.”

The company and its subsidiaries currently own 194 patents totally according to its latest 2022 Semiannual Report released on Aug. 26th, 2022. And this report also indicates that Pylontech’s R&D to revenue rate in the first half year of 2022 reaches 6.99% and investment on R&D achieved a 132.40% increase over first half year of 2021,  which is a fulfillment to its strategy of high investment in R&D.

With a sustainable future around the corner, integration of innovative storage solutions and renewable power generation will maximize the benefits of an interconnected energy ecosystem. By placing innovation ability at the core, Pylontech is committed to driving the development of the energy storage industry and creating a world of green energy with customers and partners over the world.

About Pylontech

Pylontech was founded in 2009 as a dedicated battery storage system (BSS) provider by consolidating its expertise in electrochemistry, power electronics and system integration. By providing reliable and affordable ESS solutions, the company have enabled the market position as one of the top suppliers of lithium battery storage globally by its 7-years increasing rate by double.

Preliminary Statement, African Union Election Observation Mission to the 24 August 2022 General Elections in the Republic of Angola, Luanda, 26 August 2022

Preliminary Statement, African Union Election Observation Mission to the 24 August 2022 General Elections in the Republic of AngolaAFRICAN UNION ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO THE





At the invitation of the National Electoral Commission of the Republic of Angola and as part of its mandate to deepen democratic governance in Africa, the African Union (AU) deployed a Short-Term Election Observation Mission (EOM) from 19 to 27 August 2022 to observe the 24 August 2022 general elections. The AU Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) comprised forty-nine (49) observers drawn from twenty-five (25) AU Member States[1], including an expert support team. The AUEOM is led by His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and is assisted by Amb. Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security.

2. The AUEOM assessed Angola’s 2022 general elections against its continental obligations for democratic elections contained in the 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG), the 2002 OAU/AU Declaration on Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), regional and other international instruments, as well as Angola’s national legal framework for elections.

As part of its methodology, the AUEOM engaged with key electoral stakeholders, including the Constitutional Court, the National Electoral Commission (CNE), political parties and candidates, security agencies, representatives of civil society organisations, media, and diplomatic corps among others.

This preliminary statement presents the findings and recommendations of the AUEOM on the electoral process up-to the counting phase of the Election Day.

The AUEOM acknowledges that the electoral process is ongoing and will continue to observe the remaining phases. The AU will produce a more comprehensive final report of the electoral process.


The AUEOM makes the following preliminary observations:

General Political Context of the Elections

7. The 2022 general elections are the fifth since the country’s independence in 1975, and return to the multiparty system in 1992. The elections presented another important opportunity for the people of Angola to consolidate their democracy, peace and stability since the end of the civil war in 2002. They also took place against a backdrop of socio-economic challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

8. The elections enfranchised voters in the diaspora for the first time in the history of the country, thereby extending the democratic right to this category of citizens to elect their leaders. The AUEOM is pleased to note that this was one of its recommendations during the 2017 general elections and commends Angola for taking this initiative.

9. Seven parties and one coalition are vying for the presidency and 220 seats in the National Assembly. Incumbent President Joao Lourenco is seeking a second and final term in office, in line with the 2010 Constitution amendment which introduced term limits.

10. The electoral environment was generally peaceful. The AUEOM noted some instances of disturbances such as demonstrations during the electoral process. However, these disturbances did not affect the overall planning for the elections.

Legal Framework

11. The Angola elections are governed by the Constitution (2010), and a set of electoral laws that cover electoral administration, political parties and funding, election observation, voter registration and the media. The framework provides for a set of bill of political rights and freedoms which are important for participation in electoral process.

12. However, as was in 2017, the AUEOM noted some limitations on the right of access to information and the freedom of press. The AUEOM had made recommendations to address these limitations.

13. The AUEOM noted the changes made in the legal framework particularly on election results transmission and number of national observers. The law restructured the results management process by introducing direct transmission of results from municipality level to the national tallying centre. The CNE, empowered by the law through Articles 11 and 27 of the Law on Elections Observation, to discretionally determine the number of national and international observers set a ceiling of 2000 national observers for the 2022 elections. These provisions undermine the principle of unimpeded access in line with Article 19 para II of ACDEG, the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, the 2012 Declaration of Global Principles for Non-partisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations and the 2015 SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.

14. The AUEOM noted that some stakeholders expressed concerns about lack of inclusiveness in the amendment process of the legal framework for the 2022 elections.

Electoral System

15. Angola’s electoral system is Proportional Representation (PR). In light of the political history of the country, the PR electoral system potentially promotes inclusive governance which is critical for long-term peace and stability.

16. However, the current design of the electoral system does not provide for affirmative action which is important for correcting societal imbalances in ensuring equitable representation in elective institutions, particularly on gender.

Election Management

17. Article 107 of the 2010 Constitution establishes The National Electoral Commission of Angola (CNE), as an independent body tasked with election management. The CNE consists of seventeen (17) members comprising a President drawn from the judiciary, and 16 citizens chosen by the National Assembly based on proposals by the political parties and coalitions. Some stakeholders raised concerns about the impartiality of the CNE. The nature of Election Management Body (EMB) model where political parties are represented makes it susceptible to undue political influence which potentially undermines the principle of independence in election management.

18. The AUEOM noted that voter registration, a key process in election management is carried out by the Ministry of Territorial Administration. This limits the role of the CNE in ensuring full control of all key responsibilities of election management.

Voter Registration

19. Voter registration in Angola is undertaken by the Ministry of Territorial Administration. Registration of adult citizens at the age of 18 guarantees their automatic inclusion in the database of Legal Age Citizens and in the Electoral Roll.[2]

20. The Mission received reports that the voters’ list was audited to assess its integrity. However, stakeholders raised concerns about the lack of transparency in appointing the audit firm and results thereof. They also cited inadequate consultation during voter registration and verification which undermine public trust and confidence in the electoral process.

21. The CNE is mandated by Article 86 (5) of the Organic Law on General Elections to disclose the voters’ lists by voting station, at least 30 days prior to polling day. The AUEOM noted that the failure to comply with this provision undermined the opportunity for voters to scrutinize the list in order to enhance its accuracy and overall integrity. For instance, some stakeholders raised concerns about the presence of dead voters in the list.


22. The electoral campaign period lasted for 30 days from 25 July and ended 24 hours before the polling day as defined by law. The AUEOM noted that the campaign process was generally peaceful.

23. Political parties were generally able to canvass voters through rallies, door to door and via media platforms. However, some political parties raised concerns regarding limited access to public spaces in order to conduct their rallies, as well as biased media environment. The AUEOM noted that while both public and private media provided some coverage for political parties, such coverage was not in full compliance with legal provisions of equality.

Inclusive Participation

24. The AUEOM noted the progressive measures[3] to promote inclusion in the electoral process. This includes according priority to the elderly, physically challenged and expectant voters. The measures further include providing assisted voting while ensuring secrecy of the ballot to disabled voters, and use of fingerprint for voters unable to read or write.

25. The AUEOM appreciates that there was one female candidate heading the Humanist Party of Angola (PHA). Similarly, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) nominated a female Vice President for the first time.

26. Four (4) out of the 17 members of the CNE are women. The AUEOM also noted gender consideration among polling staff as well as political party delegates. These milestones, while significant, still need to be enhanced to ensure equal representation in political and electoral participation. The AUEOM reiterates its recommendation on affirmative action made during the 2017 elections.


27. The AUEOM deployed 49 observers in 7 provinces[4] across the country. On Election Day, the observers visited 169 polling stations to observe the opening, voting, closing and counting procedures in urban (57%) and rural (43%) areas. The atmosphere in all polling stations visited on Election Day was peaceful.

a. Opening of polling

28. 92.0% of the polling stations visited opened on time, at 07h00 while 8% opened late. In the case of those that opened late, it varied between 16 minutes and 1 hour late for the different reasons including poor preparation by polling officials, late arrival of polling officials, and late arrival of materials.

29. The polling staff followed the required opening procedures and guidelines in stations visited.

b. Election materials

The AUEOM noted that materials were delivered in advance in most polling stations visited and were in sufficient quantities.

c. Election personnel

The polling staff were generally competent in carrying out their duties and demonstrated a sense of commitment.

d. Transparency of the Process

The AUEOM noted the presence of party delegates and international observers at some polling stations visited, which is critical for a transparent polling process. There was a notably limited presence of national observers in stations visited. In addition, there were some incidences where some AU observers were denied information and access to counting procedures in Luanda.

e. Voting Process

There were well-controlled queues outside 98% of the polling stations visited throughout the polling day. The AUEOM noted that voting proceeded uninterrupted throughout the day. However, in 2% of the stations visited there was poor crowd control and unruly voter behaviour.

The Mission commends efforts by CNE for additional officials equipped with tablets at different polling centres, deployed by the Commission to assist voters in identifying their polling station.

The layout of the polling stations promoted the easy flow of voters. The voting procedures and polling station layout allowed for secrecy of the ballot in polling stations visited.

The CNE announced on polling day that voters with expired identification cards and photocopies with waiting slips within Angola and the diaspora would be allowed to vote. The AUEOM observed that some voters had already been turned away at the time of the announcement.

f. Closing of the polls

Most polling stations observed closed at 17h00. All voters in the queue at the closing time were allowed to cast their vote. However, the AUEOM observed some instances where there was confusion on closing time between 16h00 and 17h00. This could be attributed to the interpretation of the law.[5]

The AUEOM also noted that ballot reconciliation was done at the end of voting in polling stations visited.

g. Counting Process

39. The AUEOM noted that counting was conducted as per procedures in the presence of party delegates who were provided with copies of the results.

h. Polling Station Minute Writing

Some AUEOM observers witnessed that the materials used to capture the minutes of the polling station did not sufficiently duplicate beyond the third of the eight copies required. Ineligible duplicates given to party delegates has the potential of fuelling disputes around the official result.

i. Electoral Security

The AUEOM commends the security officers who were present at polling stations visited and who acted professionally. This contributed to the peaceful and orderly manner of Election Day operations.


42. The 2022 general elections presented another important opportunity for the people of Angola to consolidate their democracy, peace and stability since the end of the civil war in 2002.

While there were reports of an uneven playing field, the AUEOM notes that elections were generally conducted in a peaceful manner.** The AUEOM commends the people of Angola for their determination to peacefully exercise their democratic right to choose their leaders through the ballot. As the electoral process is still ongoing, the Mission calls on all stakeholders to maintain peaceful conduct while awaiting the announcement of results by the National Electoral Commission.**

44. The AUEOM calls on CNE to conduct the remaining electoral processes in a transparent and accountable manner and encourages all aggrieved parties to seek legal redress in case of any disputes on the outcome of the elections.


Based on the foregoing findings, the AUEOM proffers the following preliminary recommendations for consideration by stakeholders:

To the Government, National Assembly and other relevant stakeholders:

**- **Consider adoption of affirmative actions aimed at increasing participation of underrepresented groups in elective institutions such as women, disabled persons and youth.

– Strengthen enforcement mechanisms to promote balanced and equitable access to media coverage for all parties in the electoral process.

– Review the legal framework to eliminate the discretionary powers of the electoral commission to determine the number of election observers as well as allow the conduct of election observation in all aspects of electoral processes. The conduct of election observation is premised on the principle of unimpeded access to electoral processes.

– Strengthen the processes of voter registration and updating the voters’ lists based on principles of inclusion, transparency and accuracy to enhance its integrity.

– Consider expanding the responsibilities of the CNE, the institution tasked with election management, to include voter registration.

– Explore alternative models of election management body to strengthen its independence and insulate it from undue political influence.

– Consider reviewing Article 105 of the Organic Law on General Elections to clarify provisions on closing time.

To the National Electoral Commission:

– Strengthen mechanisms for regular and consultative multi-stakeholder engagement throughout the electoral cycle between the CNE, political parties and Civil Society Organizations, among others in order to promote a more participatory electoral process.

– Consider improving the quality of election material to minimize disputes arising from ineligible polling station minutes.

Issued in Luanda, Angola on 26 August 2022

H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn

Head of AU Election Observation Mission

(Former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia)

[1] Burundi, Chad, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Cote D’Ivoire, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mauritania, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Togo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

[2] Art 8 of the Law on Non-Official Voter Registration

[3] Art 104, 112 and 113 of the Organic Law on General Elections

[4] Luanda, Bengo, Benguela, Cuanza Sul, Cuanza Norte, Uige and Malanje

[5] Article 105 of the Organic Law on General Elections

Source: African Union