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Bulletin Mozambique Political Process Bulletin
Up to the minute reports on the elections from our 100 journalists throughout Mozambique

This Bulletin is published jointly by CIP and AWEPA, and has been covering elections and democratisation since 1992

Editor: Joseph Hanlon
Deputy Editor: Adriano Nuvunga

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Carbon traders want access to 1/3 of Mozambique under REDD+, but MICOA says no
Carbon trading companies have applied for rights over one-third of Mozambique, to sell carbon credits generated by emissions reductions caused by reduced deforestation. But the Ministry of Environment (MICOA) is resisting pressure from companies, the Council of Ministers, and the World Bank to speed the process.

Mozambique political process bulletin
Number 50 - 9 July 2012
link Mozambique_Bulletin_50_REDD.pdf
Sharp divisions over election law
A wide gap has emerged in proposals for a new election law, with Frelimo arguing the present law is largely OK, while civil society wants substantive changes.
Mozambique Political Process Bulletin
Number 47 - 27 October 2010
link Mozambique_Bulletin_47_Election_Law.pdf
Election law revision proposals
The parliamentary Commission on Public Administration, Local Power and Media (Comissão da Adminstração Pública, Poder Local e Comunicação Social) is considering a complete revision of the electoral laws. In September 2010, two civil society groups and the main parties submitted detailed proposals for change, which are posted here. These are discussed in the Mozambique Political Process Bulletin 47 (in English). All the proposals, in Portuguese, are posted on the Portuguese side of this website. Click portuguese above.
Parties apparently violate law on funding
The law on political party funding is apparently being violated, according to a study by CIP (Centro de Integridade Pública, Public Integrity Centre) published in September as part of a regional study by Transparency International, Zimbabwe. Below are the study (in English) and the report on Mozambique (in Portuguese).
link Promoting Transparency in Political Finance in Southern Afr.pdf
link Financiamento Político - Resumo das Conclusões Sobre Moçambique.pdf
EU observers criticise elections
The 28 October elections were well organised and peaceful and largely guaranteed universal suffrage, reports the European Union Election Observation Mission. Fundamental freedoms and rights of assembly, expression and movement were respected.

Despite this, the broader electoral process was weakened by the lack of transparency by Mozambique’s electoral authorities, by an unlevel playing field during the electoral campaign and by limitations with regard to voter choice at local level. As in 2004, irregularities in counting, tabulation and aggregation were observed.

The EU Observer Mission also found:
+ Electoral "legislation is unclear and at times contradictory."
+ "Filing a complaint is de facto nearly impossible at every step of the electoral process."
+ "The presence of political party representatives at CNE maintains an unlevel playing field and an unequal access to information."

The full report is a very large file: 3.25 MB.
link Final_Report_EU_EOM_en.pdf
Details of new government
Mozambique political process bulletin
Number 45 - 1 February 2010

link Mozambique_Bulletin_45_Government.pdf
CC OKs election results but criticises CNE, laws & parties
Mozambique political process bulletin
Number 44 - 11 January 2010
1063 editais rejected

Could the land law process provide a model for writing an electoral code?

CNE admits error in key secret document
link Mozambique_Bulletin_44_CC_ruling.pdf
Observer mission statements
Observer mission statements released so far:
EU 18 November: "EU EOM observes numerous irregularities"
Diplomatic missions 10 Nov: citing problems on Ilha de Moçambique
Commonwealth and EISA 30 Oct: preliminary statements
The EU 30 Oct preliminary statement is posted on
link Commonwealth Interim Statement - 30 Oct 09.pdf
link EISA Interim Statement 30 Oct 09.pdf
link Diplomatic missions and co-operation agencies Observer Statement 101109.pdf
link EU Press statement 18 Nov.doc
An unnecessarily tainted election
Mozambique political process bulletin
Number 43 - 17 November 2009
Summary report of the 2009 national election
Landslide victory for Frelimo and Armando Guebuza
Déjà vu - An unnecessarily tainted election
link Mozambique_Bulletin_43_Elections.pdf
CNE excludes 104,000 votes in response to ballot box stuffing
2009 Elections - Mozambique political process bulletin
Number 39 - 16 November 2009

Complete presidential and AR results

CNE excludes 104,000 votes in response to ballot box stuffing

Renamo gains 2 AR seats

Again in secret
link 2009 Elections Bulletin 39 - 16 Nov - votes excluded.pdf
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Parties need cars: comment
Transparency is something quite impossible to get in mozambican political scenario... more
Parties need cars
Parties needs cars for campaigning. It is also obvious that neither Renamo nor Frelimo have cars. Why has nobody put forward the idea that Government makes a certain number of cars, with driver and (maybe) fuel, available to the political parties on more
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