The CNE is composed of eleven members, two nominated by the President, Three by the ruling party and three by opposition partyes in the National Assembly, a Justice of the Supreme Court, a representative of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and one elected by the National Council of Social Communication. The President of the CNE is elected uninimously from these members by the National Assembly. Members of the CNE may not be candidates for the Presidency or National Assembly of the Angola (Electoral Law 2004 A156).
Terms of commissioners begin with their investiture by the President and they serve a term of four yers renewable for further term (Electoral Law A162). No provisions are made for their removal from office in case of incompetence or misconduct.
The CNE has the following functions (Elactoral Law 2004 A155):
The CNE is supported in the execution of its functions by Provincial Commissions and Municipal Offices which have nine members each and the Communial Electoral Offices where required (Electoral Law 2004, A157, 158, 160).
The electoral law makes no provision for the financing of elections, and the mentioned of funding the CNE and its activities is unclear.
All decisions of the CNE on challenges to voting irregularities and counting tabulations are heard by the Constitutional Court, but must be filed within 48 hours of notification of the decision of the CNE (Electoral Law A164-168)