This part of the research project will focus on one particular institution which may mitigate the centralisation of power in Angola and pave the way for political reform and democratisation; the Angolan national electoral commission (the Comissão Nacional Eleitoral, CNE). The study will analyse the CNE’s mandate and independence in terms of the laws regulating it, and review the debate on the 2012 elections and the election commission as it was expressed in the Angolan print media.