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Up to the minute reports on the registration and elections from our team of 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
News editor: Teles Ribeiro

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More than 300 polling station not counted
(14/11/2014)
330 polling stations for president and 323 for parliament (Assembleia da República) were excluded from the final count, STAE has reported. This is nearly 2% of the 17,199 polling stations.

CNE rebuts Renamo, MDM protests to CC

Both Renamo and MDM have made complaints to the Constitutional Council asking for all or part of the 15 October elections to be annulled. By a narrow vote of 9-8, the CNE agreed submissions to the CC attempting to rebut the claims made, and these were released by the CNE yesterday.
link National_Elections_77-13Nov2012_Polling-stations-excluded_Renamo-MDM-protests.pdf
 
 
2009 data suitable for academic research
(12/11/2014)
Various statistical checks can be made for ballot box stuffing, invalidating opposition ballot papers, and other problems in polling stations. Mesa-by-mesa data is now available from the 2009 elections. This will require a huge amount of work, but could produce academic papers and MSc theses - and it would provide an important window on similar misconduct this year. I can provide some guidance to any academics or students who are interested. Contact me on j.hanlon@open.ac.uk for a discussion.
 
 
CNE rejects Renamo protest; Dhlakama implies no demobilization soon
(09/11/2014)
By a vote 9 to 6, with 2 abstentions, the National Elections Commission rejected a Renamo petition to declare the 15 October election null and void. The rejection was because of Renamo's "failure to observe the legal procedures that the initial challenge must be made at the polling station."

Dhlakama demands 'caretaker government'

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama in a long interview in Savana (7 November) sets out his negotiating position on a range of issues. Three key points are:
- He wants a "caretaker government", not a "unity government". It would serve until the 2019 elections and he would name some members. He would not serve in the caretaker government.
- He wants a constitutional change to create a post of leader of the opposition.
- Demobilization of Renamo armed men will not happen soon.
link National_Elections_76-9-November-2014_Renamo-protest_Dhlakama-demands.pdf
 
 
CNE reduces Zambézia vote by 26,000
(02/11/2014)
Without explanation, the National Elections Commission has removed 26,000 votes from Zambézia. The total of valid votes for the three presidential candidates as announced by the National Elections Commission, before requalification of invalid votes (nulos), was 26,313 fewer than announced by the Zambézia provincial elections commission (CPE). And for the three main political parties of parliament, 25,662 fewer.

The election results show Mozambique to be a divided country. Frelimo's candidate Filipe Nyusi gained more than two-thirds of the votes in the four southern provinces and in Cabo Delgado in the far north. Opposition candidates together gained more than 60% in Zambézia and Sofala.

The parallel sample count (PVT) is a statistically selected set of 10.7% of polling stations came very close in it projection of the final result. It projected Nyusi to have 57.24% compared to an actual 57.03%, and Frelimo 55.20% compared to an actual 55.97%. For president it slightly overestimated the performance of Daviz Simango and slightly underestimated the performance of Afonso Dhkalama. But all estimates were within 1.3% of the final result.
link National_Elections_75-2November2014_comments_data.pdf
 
 
Divided CNE declares Frelimo victory
(01/11/2014)
The National Elections Commission (CNE) approved the results of the 15 October election giving victory to Filipe Nyusi as president with 57% of the vote and Frelimo with 144 of 250 seats in parliament. The results are close to those predicted by the parallel sample count.
But in a meeting which ran from 11.30 am yesterday to 4 am this morning, the CNE split and only approved the results by a vote 10-7, with opposition nominees and some civil society voting against. Renamo today filed a formal protest.
link National_Elections_74-30oct2014_CNE_declares_results.pdf
 
 
Special studies
(30/10/2014)
Study 1 on turnout suggests more than 100,000 extra ballot papers stuffed in ballot boxes.
Study 2 on invalid and blank ballot papers suggests 30,000 votes were improperly made invalid by polling station staff
Study 3 looks at using TV and radio broadcasts to project election results.
link National_Elections_Study-1_Turnout.pdf
link National_Elections_Study-2_28october2014_nulos_brancos.pdf
link National_Elections_Study-3_2November2014_projecting_results.pdf
 
 
Requalification of nulos continues
(27/10/2014)
The National Elections Commission (CNE) continued this morning checking the estimated 700,000 invalid ballot papers (nulos). The process began on Thursday and they hope to finish today.
Looking at the nulos requalification and at the PVT, we think that there is still considerable misconduct with polling station staff (MMVs- membros das mesas de voto) making some opposition votes invalid. It is still significant, involving at least 3.55% of polling stations, but less common than in the 2009 national election.
link National_Elections_73-27october2014_nulos.pdf
 
 
More evidence of ballot box stuffing
(24/10/2014)
Reports of impossibly high turnouts are providing more evidence of ballot box stuffing. Turnouts of
more than 80% of registered voters are highly unlikely in Mozambique, especially in rural areas
where people have to walk long distances. It is much more likely that there has been ballot box
stuffing, either putting unused ballot papers into the ballot box, or simply changing the results sheet
(edital) at the end of the day. This occurs more easily in polling station where opposition parties
have not been able to place delegates or polling station staff to watch the process.
Most extreme is Gaza, where five districts report very high turnouts: Chicualacuala 89%, Chigubo
82%, Mabalane 80%, Massangena 96% and Massingir 92%. These results are especially
suspect when compared to equally loyal Frelimo areas of Gaza, such as Mandlakazi where the
turnout was a more average 56%.
link National_Elections_72-24october2014_turnout_and_ballot-box_stuffing.pdf
 
 
Complete provincial results
(23/10/2014)
The compete provincial results with the count completed in all 11 provinces. The National Elections Commission today began reconsidering invalid ballot papers from the three elections. They will look at more than 500,000 ballots. Typically 10-20% of these are accepted as valid, and this will increase the totals. It could make small shifts in the distribution of parliament seats.

The results give:

Filipe Nyusi 57%
Afonso Dhlakama 36%
Daviz Simango 6%

Frelimo 57% 140 parliament seats
Renamo 34% 89
MDM 9% 19
link National_Elections_71_Resultados-provincias_Provincial-results_complete_23-October-18h00.pdf
 
 
EU worried about counting confusion
(22/10/2014)
The European Union Election Observation "Mission expresses its concerns with the delays in the tabulation of results at district and provincial levels in some provinces, and considers that such mishaps in the tabulation process, added to the absence of official public explanations about these difficulties, hinders what has been an orderly start on election day," the mission said in a statement issued this evening (Tuesday)

Tabulation disorganisation
No instructions were given to district elections commissions (CDEs) as to how to do the district tabulation, which is simply supposed to be adding up the editais from all the polling stations in the city or district. With no guidance from STAE at national level, each CDE set up its own systems.
Some used computers, some used pencil and paper, and some wrote on classroom blackboards. Those with computers usually used Excel spreadsheets, but at least one tried to use Word and then stopped and started again with Excel.
link National_Elections_68-21Oct2014-20.00_EU_statement-count_disorganisation.pdf
link EUEOM_eu_concerned_with_tabulation_delays.pdf
 
 
Extra register books in polling stations; Maputo city results analysed
(21/10/2014)
In Bulletin 65 we reported that the Tete city count stopped because there were 234 editais and only 178 polling stations. The official STAE explanation yesterday was that some polling stations had more than one register book. Even if a polling station has two books, it is supposed to issue a single edital. But STAE says that in Tete staff erroneously wrote separate editais for each book.

We are now receiving reports of some polling stations, in Maputo and elsewhere, that had extra register books, sometimes called a “transfer list” (Lista de Transferidos) or simply an “extra voters list" (lista dos agregado). We are also seeing reports of polling stations where the number of voters is more than double the number of people on the register book as published in the lists of polling stations before the elections, which suggests they had an extra register book.
link National_Elections_67-21october2014_extra-books_Maputo-results.pdf
 
 
Observer statements
(18/10/2014)
A wide range of observer statements in English as well as Portuguese are posted on the Portuguese pages.
 
 
Renamo rejects election; child killed
(17/10/2014)
"Renamo does not recognize these results and demands the cancellation [of the election]. We cannot recognize the results of an election in which there were votes already marked in favour of Frelimo," António Muchanga, spokesman for Renamo president Afonso Dhlakama, told a press conference yesterday. The election is rejected because of the high level of irregularities, including the failure to accredit observers and Renamo party delegates (poll watchers) and Renamo-nominated polling station staff (MMVs).

Comment: Is Renamo denouncing its own people?
All of the STAEs which failed to issue observer, delegate and MMV credentials have a Renamo deputy director and two further staff appointed by Renamo. Each STAE is, in turn, supervised by an election commission with two members nominated by Renamo.

A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed by the police on voting day, Wednesday, in violence at Jembesse primary school, on the mainland side in Ilha de Moçambique, Nampula.
link National_Elections_62-17october2014-16.00_Renamo_rejects.pdf
 
 
Further projections - 16 Oct 18.30
(16/10/2014)
Turnout: 51.5%

Presidential vote:
Filipe Nyusi 60.5%
Afonso Dhlakama 32.0%
Daviz Simango 7.5%
link National_Elections_61-16october-18.30_further_projections.pdf
 
 
Initial projections - 16 Oct 10.45
(16/10/2014)
Frelimo landslide victory
Dhlakama does well
MDM collapse
Higher turnout

Filipe Nyusi 60%
Afonso Dhlakama 32%
Daviz Simango 8%
link National_Elections_60-16october2014_first_projections- Master.pdf
 
 
Polls closed; ballot box stuffing
(15/10/2014)
Our correspondents report that at the end of voting at 18.00 there were still some polling stations with a few people still to vote, and some only closed at 18.30 or 18.45. A handful of polling stations, including in Moma and Malema, Nampula; Chimoio, Manica; and Mecula, Niassa, had long queues and had to remain open until after 20.00.

There are a growing number of reports of the discovery of ballot papers already marked for Frelimo and which involve polling station staff or other officials.
link National_Elections_59-15ocotber-22.00_Closing-ballot_box_stuffing.pdf
 
 
Tete: Ballot papers destroyed & EU observers excluded
(15/10/2014)
Polling stations in three schools in Tsangano district, Tete, were vandalised and ballot papers burned, allegedly by Renamo members. Voting was cancelled in those polling centres. Renamo members claim the ballot papers were destroyed because the ballot boxes had been stored in the houses of community leaders and were sent to polling stations already stuffed with votes for Frelimo.

The European Union observer mission has been prohibited from observing in Tete, the head of the EU mission, Judith Sargentini told a press conference today. She said the reason was that the observer credentials did not have a stamp (carimbo) from the National Elections Commission (CNE). Paulo Cuinica, CNE spokesman, pointed out that observer credentials do not have stamps and only carry the signature of CNE President Abdul Carimo. But Cuinica complained to AIM that the EU had never notified it about the problem.
link National_Elections_58-15deOutubro-17.30_Tete.pdf
 
 
Large queues as most polling stations open - but many problems reported
(15/10/2014)
Most polling stations across the country opened on time at 7 am this morning. More than half of our correspondents report that at 9 am there were still queues of 100 or more, and many others report queues of more than 50, suggesting a high turnout. But there have been reports of serious problems, especially in Nampula province and in Beira.
link National_Elections_57-15october-noon.pdf
 
 
MDM accuses STAE of not accepting its MMVs; Violence in Angoche
(14/10/2014)
STAE in Maputo has only registered MDM polling station delegates in Inhaca and not in the rest of the city, and is delaying the registration of MDM-nominated polling station staff (MMVs, membros das mesas do voto), Lutero Simango, head of the MDM parliamentary bench, told a press conference this morning. This issue is important because MDM did not have delegates in all Maputo polling stations for local elections last year, and it claims there was fraud in polling stations where it did not have anyone watching.

Angoche saw on Sunday what may be the most serious violence anywhere in the country during the 45 day campaign. Mediafax this morning cites hospital and police sources to say two people died in hospital of injuries, but this has not been otherwise confirmed. Details are lacking but apparently both Frelimo and Renamo were planning rallies and the two groups met in Inguri bairro. Renamo was armed with rocks and machetes,
link National_Elections_56-14october2014_MDM-accusations_Angoche-violence.pdf
 
 
Campaign calm except Nampula
(13/10/2014)
Sunday, the final day of campaigning was calm and festive - except in Nampula city. Elsewhere 65 of our journalists across the country report parades and rallies without problems as the parties stepped up their campaigning. Nearly all campaigning has been by the three main parties, Renamo, Frelimo and MDM, and little has been seen of the 27 other small parties.

Police launched teargas into the crowd before the Renamo presidential candidate Afonso Dhlakama's final rally at 25 de Setembro stadium in Nampula. This occurred a half hour before the start of the rally, our local journalist reports. Some people were affected and fled, including to the nearby Lopes building and the yard of the church of the Nazarene. Most stayed for the rally, which started two hours late because of the tear gas. This followed a morning of skirmishes between Frelimo and Renamo which left 11 people arrested and 15 injured.
link National_Elections_55-13october2014_Calm_campaign_except_Nampula.pdf
 
 
CNE rules: district count open to observers & journalists
(10/10/2014)
"Journalists and observers cannot be excluded from any part of the district count", National Elections Commission (CNE) press spokesman Paulo Cuinica told a press conference this afternoon. This decision was made at an extra-ordinary meeting last night. Conditions must be created so journalists and observers can watch the process - but not interfere with it - explained Cuinica.
link National_Elections_54-10october2014_District_count_open.pdf
 
 
Observers & journalists barred from district count
(09/10/2014)
Observers and journalists will not be able to watch the count at district level, STAE director-General Felisberto Naife told a press conference this morning. They will only be able to attend the formal announcement of the district results. The actual count is only open to the official party representatives (mandatários) in the district.
link National_Elections_53-9october2014_District_count_closed.pdf
 
 
Possible frauds and responses
(07/10/2014)
A special report on based on the experience of prior Mozambican elections

Because counts are done in each polling station in the presence of parties, observers and media, and then a copy of the results sheet (edital) is posted at each polling station, it is relatively easy to monitor the count and check for fraud. Recent changes improve the ability to monitor, and national media, parties and observers have become more skilled.

Nevertheless, there have been significant frauds and important secret changes to the results. These have never been enough to change the national outcome, but they have changed the result in two municipalities in 2013 and changed the number of parliaments seats in 2009. This special issue of the National Elections Bulletin sets out where fraud and unexplained changes have occurred in the past, and looks at ways to control this
link National_Elections_52-7-October2014_Possible_Fraud.pdf
 
 
Two MDM men released in Nampula; trial delayed
(06/10/2014)
The trial of seven MDM members in Nampula relating to the incidents on 25 September was
postponed from today (Monday) until Friday. The two men still being held by police were released
on the grounds that they had been held illegally.
The trial was due to begin today in the Nampula city court 2nd section of seven men, two of whom
were being held by the police. But when the provincial police failed to present Francisco Adriano in
court, the judge and the prosecutor went to the police command. After a meeting of more than an
hour, the police agreed to bring Adriano in court.
link National_Elections_51-6-October-2014_MDM_Nampula_trial_delay.pdf
 
 
Campaign remains calm; ballot papers stolen
(05/10/2014)
Although violence in Gaza and Nampula has drawn the headlines, 108 of our journalists across the country report that in most places the campaign has been calm and without confrontations.

26 boxes of ballot papers were stolen from a container on the back of a delivery lorry parked at the Inchope crossroads, Manica, Thursday night or Friday morning. The driver and the two policeman who were supposed to be guarding the cargo have been arrested. The hired lorry was supposed to be delivering the container from Maputo to Zambézia, and the stolen ballot papers were for five polling stations in Pebane and one in Namacurra, said STAE spokesman Lucas José.
link National_Elections_50-5October2014_Calm_campaign-Ballots_stolen.pdf
 
 
Dhlakama attracts large crowds in Quelimane
(01/10/2014)
The entrance into Quelimane on Saturday of Renamo candidate Afonso Dhlakama paralysed the city. The road from the airport was virtually impassable with large crowds on the road. The parade for the Renamo leader had hundreds of bicycles and motorcycles as well as 24 cars.

Our local journalist notes that the Renamo parade met a large MDM parade which was also occupying most of the road, but which squeezed over to let the Renamo caravan pass without incident.
link National_Elections_49-1ocotber2014_Dhlakama_in_Quelimane-football.pdf
 
 
Carimo says violence is disgraceful
(28/09/2014)
Violence in Gaza last week was "disgraceful" and party leaders should do more to stop it, CNE president Abdul Carimo said in two statements last week.
Also:
MDM interrupts official 25 September ceremony in Nampula with mock coffin of Nyusi
Can MPs use their cars in the campaign?
link National_Elections_48-28September2015_Carimo says_violence_disgraceful.pdf
 
 
Daviz Simango entourage attacked in Gaza
(24/09/2014)
The MDM election campaign entourage with its presidential candidate Daviz Simango was
attacked in Chibuto Wednesday and in Xai-Xai, Chokwé and Macia in Tuesday. All are in Gaza
province, which has become a major problem area in this election campaign. MDM hopes to make
inroads into what has been the only province without opposition MPs, but where local elections
showed growing discontent. And there has been a macho response, that the opposition cannot be
allowed to enter. The attacks were by people carrying Frelimo banners and wearing Frelimo t-shirts.
link National_Elections_47-24September2014_Daviz_attacked_in_Gaza.pdf
 
 
More orderly election campaign than in past years
(23/09/2014)
This election campaign has been more peaceful and with fewer election law violations than in the past, with parties showing more maturity, according to 110 of our journalists reporting this week. In general, they report political tolerance; for example, when political caravans meet there is usually courtesy and not confrontation.
link National_Elections_46-23September2014_peaceful_campaign.pdf
 
 
Renamo also using state cars
(21/09/2014)
Until now the complaints about improper use of state cars in the campaign have been entirely about Frelimo, but now Renamo has also been caught. Our journalist reports that these cars are apparently state cars assigned to Renamo members of parliament, but as government cars their use is still prohibited.
link National_Elections_45-21September2014.pdf
 
 
Violence increasing warns CNE head Abdul Carimo
(18/09/2014)
Violence and electoral misconduct are increasing across the country, warned CNE President Abdul Carimo.
link National_Elections_44-18September2014_violence_increasing.pdf
 
 
19 MDM arrested in Manica
(16/09/2014)
Three MDM members have been convicted and 16 others are under arrest in Manica province, charged with electoral offenses, according to MDM provincial delegate Inácio Maicolo. Last weekend nine MDM members were arrested in Nhamadjessa neighbourhood in Chimoio and they are still being held. Maicolo accuses the police of working with Frelimo to try to intimidate MDM.
link National_Elections_43-16September_MDM_Arrests_in_Manica.pdf
 
 
National Observers
(12/09/2014)
There will be at least 4,500 national observers and a parallel vote tabulation (PVT) for the 15 October national elections.

The PVT is a statistically correct sample of more than 10% of polling stations which in the past has given a very accurate prediction of the final vote, and serves as an important check on misconduct and fraud. The PVT will be carried out by the Electoral Observatory (EO) which will assign 2109 national observers to the task. In addition the EO will have 400 mobile observers monitoring several polling stations each, typically an entire school where each classroom is a polling station.

The EO already has 400 observers and 63 conflict monitors in the field to monitor the campaign.

Also: Supreme Court training 473 magistrates
The revised electoral law for the first time gives district magistrates the responsibility for rapid trials of electoral crimes. Because of their lack of experience and training, the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo) and Public Prosecutors Office (Procuradoria-Geral) are giving training sessions to 473 magistrates and district prosecutors.
link National_Elections_42-14September2014_Observers_magistrates.pdf
 
 
Increased reports of violence & arrests
(10/09/2014)
After an initial calm start, there are increasing reports from outside Maputo of violence and arrests, particularly away from urban centres. Most of the victims have been members of opposition parties.
link National_Elections_41-10September2014.pdf
 
 
10 opposition arrests in Nampula
(09/09/2014)
Ten members of opposition parties have been arrested in Nampula since the start of the election campaign, according to the provincial police commander, Abel Nuro. He reported no Frelimo arrests.
link National_Elections_40-9September2014_10-Nampula-arrests.pdf
 
 
Civility in Quelimane - not even tearing down posters
(08/09/2014)
In sharp contrast to the past, there is a positive feel about the Quelimane electoral campaign. Parties are not even vandalising posters of other parties, and some walls have posters of more than one party.

When brigades of different parties meet, both sides are polite. A Frelimo march stopped to create a space to allow a motorcycle with MDM people and flag to pass. Indeed, there is a mutual awareness of non-aggression, and parties have not needed to dodge too far away to avoid a collision.
link National_Elections_39-8September2014_calm_1st_campaign_week.pdf
 
 
Election campaign
(03/09/2014)
link Eleições_Nacionais_38-3deSetembro.pdf
 
 
Frelimo, Renamo, MDM open campaign across Mozambique
(02/09/2014)
The official campaign opened Sunday for the 15 October elections for President, national parliament, and provincial assemblies with marches, rallies, speeches and vast number of posters. More than 100 of our journalists reported that the start of the campaign was largely calm and orderly.

Also: EU and Carter Centre to observe election
After originally refusing, the European Union (EU) will observe the 15 October elections, with some of the European embassies in Maputo paying part of the bill and supplying some observers. The Carter Centre (from the United States) is also expected to send observers, as are SADC, the African Union, and the Commonwealth.

link National_Elections_37-2September2014-Campaign_starts-EU_to_observe.pdf
 
 
CNE promises end to hidden results changes
(27/08/2014)
An end to unexplained changes and other discrepancies in the election results has been promised by the National Elections Commission (CNE), following changes to the law and to its own procedures. This should result in tighter control of lower level counts and more explanations of changes made by the CNE.

In a major change with past practice, the final national result will be based on the provincial results and not on the CNE's own count, and any differences with provincial results will be publicly explained.
link National_Elections_36-27August2014_no_hidden_results.pdf
 
 
CNE tightens rules on unauthorised people near polling stations
(25/08/2014)
In an attempt to curb some of the confusion that occurred during municipal elections, the National Elections Commissions (CNE) has clarified and tightened the rules of who can be near polling stations, in a new directive approved on 15 August.

The directive also covers the conduct of voting day and the count at all levels. It is posted, along with new codes of conduct, on our Portuguese website.

Also: $2.3 million distributed to parties

link National_Elections_35-25August2014_CNE_tightens_rules-party_funding.pdf
 
 
Newsletters 18-34
(24/08/2014)
2014 National Elections newsletters numbers NE 18-34 are available on bit.ly/NatElec
 
 
Renamo-government gunfire prevents registration brigade deployment in Gorongosa
(27/04/2014)
Exchanges of shots between Renamo and government soldiers in the early morning of both Thursday and Friday has prevented the deployment of the nine registration brigades in Gorongosa district. This should have occurred Thursday. There were no reports of confrontations yesterday (Saturday 26) but the brigades were not deployed and remain in Gorongosa town.
link National_Elections_17-26April2014_No_Gorongosa_registration.pdf
 
 
Renamo military presence accepted to permit 9 registration posts to open & Dhlakama to register
(24/04/2014)
Nine registration posts are opening in Gorongosa district under the protection of the Renamo military, with no Mozambican police presence, the National Elections Commission confirmed at a press conference this morning (Thursday 24). This follows an agreement last night between Renamo and the government, which will also permit the registration of Renamo president Afonso Dhlakama and of Renamo soldiers.

This also confirms the very unusual position of Renamo, which is the main opposition party in parliament and is participating in the electoral process, while having an armed force which controls part of a district and will only allow registration if there are no government police present.
link National_Elections_15-16_24April2014_Gorongosa_to_register-corr.pdf
 
 
Renamo demands registration extension, claiming posts closed in its areas of influence
(20/04/2014)
Fernando Matouassanga, member of parliament and member of the Renamo National Council, told a press conference Wednesday 16 April that registration brigades were paralysed in parts of Nampula where Renamo influence was greatest. Renamo says this was planned and that the Frelimo government had ordered the Election Technical Secretariat (Secretariado Tecnico de Administracao Eleitoral, STAE) to sabotage registration in Renamo areas. Therefore Renamo called for an extension of the registration period.
link National_Elections_14-19Apr2014_Renamo.pdf
 
 
In 2009, registration was over 90%. This year, only 71% have voters cards
(16/04/2014)
Mozambique has always had very high levels of voter registration, in part because it was easier to obtain a voter's card than an official identity card. But electoral authorities this year will struggle to reach previous registration levels.
link National_Elections_12-13_16Apr2014_registration.pdf
 
 
Election law changes
(08/04/2014)
Significant changes have been made to the electoral laws. Some involve politicisation of the polling stations and the election administration secretariat (Secretariado Técnico de Administração Eleitoral, STAE), detailed on page 2. Other important changes include the way protests and missing candidates' documents are dealt with, and for the first time specifically allow recounts.

Mozambique political process bulletin Issue 55
link Mozambique_Bulletin_55_Election_law_changes.pdf
 
 
Fighting means 13 registration posts have not opened in Sofala
(03/04/2014)
Lack of security due to military confrontations, plus some areas which are still inaccessible due to flooding, mean that 13 of the 320 registration posts in Sofala have never opened - 9 posts in Gorongosa district, 2 in Nhamatanda, 1 in Maringue and 1 in Machanga - according to STAE provincial director Celso Chimoio Sousa.

Registration had reached 45% on Wednesday, with four weeks to go.
link National_Elections_10-11_3April2014.pdf
 
 
At the half way point, 40% of possible voters registered
(28/03/2014)
Data released on Tuesday shows registration largely on track. The data covers the first 37 days of the registration, exactly the half way point; electoral registration finishes on 29 April. Normally many people register in the first days and many wait until the last minute.
link National_Elections_9-28March2014-registration_at_half_way.pdf
 
 
Introducing Frelimo candidate violated law
(23/03/2014)
By introducing the Frelimo candidate for president and not those of the other parties at a meeting as part of the Open Presidency, President Armando Guebuza was violating the Constitution as well as the recent Public Probity Lawaccording to legal advice received by this newsletter.

And after 5 weeks of registration, 31% of potential voters have cards.
link National_Elections_8-23March14_registration_Frelimo-campaign.pdf
 
 
Campaigning is permitted now - but not use of state resources
(19/03/2014)
Although the official "campaign" runs from 45 days before the election until 48 hours before the voting starts, there is no ban on campaigning or distributing electoral publicity before that time, and campaigning can start now. (There is a ban on "election propaganda" in the 48 hours before voting.)

But it is not permitted to use government resources for campaigning.
link Eleições_Nacionais_7-19deMarço.pdf
 
 
In Quelimane, most registration brigade members are Frelimo
(11/03/2014)
Two-thirds of the registration brigade members in Quelimane are from a list compiled by Frelimo.
link National_Elections_6_Quelimane_registration-11March14.pdf
 
 
Constitutional Court validates Gurué election but calls attention to ballot box stuffing
(02/03/2014)
The Consitutional Court validated the 8 February 2014 rerun of the Gurué local elections, but it called attention to attempted ballot box stuffing. It said it was "imperative" that the authorities investigate and prevent such actions.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_73-Gurue_results_&_ballot_box_stuffing-2March2014.pdf
 
 
Election law proposals to AR give Renamo more power & marginalise MDM
(20/02/2014)
Renamo's proposals to change the election law werepresented to parliament earlier this week and apparently have the broad agreement of Frelimo and government, based on the recent negotiations. The main changes proposed are:
+ Increase Renamo's representation on the National Elections Commission (CNE).
+ Politicise STAE, the election technical secretariat, by appointing Renamo and Frelimo deputy directors and technicians at national and provincial level.
+ Give Renamo a veto over all selections of polling stations and registration staff.
+ Allow parties to participate in the count in polling stations, and not simply observe.
+ Change the way protests are filed, to involve district courts, and make it easier to file protests.
+ Make it much more difficult for the police to arrest party delegates.
link National_Elections_4-Renamo_law_proposals-20Feb2014.pdf
 
 
MDM wins in Gurué
(09/02/2014)
MDM won by a significant margin in the rerun election in Gurue yesterday, with an increased turnout. The complete parallel count of the Electoral Observatory gives:
Mayor
Jahanguir H. Jussub, Frelimo - 6 385 (45%)
Orlando Janeiro, MDM - 7 812 (55%)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_72-9Feb2014_Gurue_results.pdf
 
 
Polling station president arrested for ballot box stuffing
(08/02/2014)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_71-8Feb2014-1600.pdf
 
 
High turnout in Gurue voting
(08/02/2014)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_70-8Feb2014.pdf
 
 
Gurué election campaign passes without incident
(06/02/2014)
Election commissions intervene to release improperly arrested MDM members.
European Union observers on 29 January issued a strong criticism of the police and of "serious shortcomings" in the electoral process.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_69-6February2014_Gurue&EU.pdf
 
 
CC annuls Gurué election, citing flagrant violations of the law by electoral officials
(23/01/2014)
"Flagrant violations of the law by polling station staff as well as the Zambézia Provincial Elections Commission" led the Constitutional Council (CC) to annul the municipal election in Gurué, in an unprecedented decision announced at a press conference this morning.
The CC also criticised excesses by the police, including the illegal detention of MDM party delegates. And it criticised the National Elections Commission (CNE) for serious breaches of security which allowed ballot papers to be found outside polling stations even before voting started.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_67-23Jan2014-CC_annuls_Gurue.pdf
 
 
CC rejects MDM protest on Gurue - dubious result confirmed
(22/01/2014)
The Constitutional Council has rejected the MDM's appeal against the election in Gurue, on the grounds that MDM appealed against the National Elections Commission's 4 December announcement of results, when it should have appealed against the CNE's 28 November rejection of MDM's earlier protest. The CNE had rejected the MDM protest because it should have been made its complaint to the Gurue District Election Commission by 24 November, but only did so on 27 November.
Thus the CC never considered the facts of the case, and the highly questionable election of Frelimo candidate Jahanguir Hussen Jusseb is confirmed.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_65-Gurue_protest_rejected.pdf
 
 
CNE admits misconduct; CC rejects Angoche, Maputo protests
(21/01/2014)
Political parties successfully put pressure on their members in polling stations and on electoral bodies to distort the results to support their parties, National Elections Commission (CNE) chair Abdul Carimo Sau told a meeting of election officials.
link Local_Elections_64-22Jan14-CC_CNE.pdf
 
 
CNE ignores city results, and secretly changes totals
(24/12/2013)
Frelimo wins 50 cities but MDM makes its mark

Summary report on 2013 municipal elections
link Mozambique_Bulletin_54_local_elections_part-1-of-2.pdf
 
 
Full results for the 53 municipalities
(23/12/2013)
link Mozambique_Bulletin_54-part-2-of-2_Results-Local-Electionss_2013.pdf
 
 
Parallel count supports MDM protest in Gurué
(12/12/2013)
The MDM has made a formal protest to the Constitutional Council over the results in Gurué, claiming that its candidate, Orlando Janeiro Antonio, received more votes for mayor than the Frelimo candidate Jahanguir Hussen Jussub. Gurué is one municipality in which there was a complete parallel count, which agrees with the numbers put forward by the MDM.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_63-12December2013_Gurue.pdf
 
 
Full detailed results
(11/12/2013)
The CNE has so far only released the detailed results in hard copy, so we have scanned them and posted them here.
(Large file 9.1Mb)
link 2013_final_resultados_detalhados_detailed_results_inc_Nampula.pdf
 
 
High turnout over 2/3 in some places
(09/12/2013)
Turnout in local elections ranged from 29% in Malema up to 70% in Nhamayabue. Chibuto, Manjacaze, and Dondo had participation over 67%. (Tables in the attached pdf give high and low turnouts.)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_62-9December2013.pdf
 
 
CNE confirms results of municipal elections
(06/12/2013)
Frelimo's victory in 50 of 52 municipalities was confirmed this afternoon (Thursday) by the National Elections Commission (CNE). But it also confirmed the impressive showing of the opposition MDM, which won two cities - Quelimane and Beira - and gained more than 40% of the vote in 10 other municipalities, including Maputo and Matola.
All protests rejected.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_61-5 Dec 2013.pdf
 
 
Nampula: Full parallel count
(02/12/2013)
A compete parallel count of all polling stations gives the MDM candidate for mayor Mahamuno Amurane 54% on a turnout of 26%.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_60-2Dec2013.pdf
 
 
MDM predicted to win in Nampula
(02/12/2013)
Two polling station vice presidents arrested for ballot box stuffing
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_58-59-2Dec2013.pdf
 
 
Low turnout today in Nampula rerun
(01/12/2013)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_56-57-1Dec2013-Nampula_nulos.pdf
 
 
Marromeu stolen?
(26/11/2013)
On Monday the Sofala provincial elections commission declared that the Frelimo candidate for mayor of Marromeu, Palmerim Rubino, had won 4,518 votes (51.6%), while his sole opponent, Joao Agostinho of the MDM, took 4,235 votes (48.4%). The difference is a quite small 283 votes.
However, there was a very high 1,119 invalid votes (nulos), equivalent to 10.9% of the total vote. This raises questions about whether votes were intentionally invalidated, typically by adding a second mark to ballot papers for the opposition candidate
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_55-26Nov2013_Marromeu_stolen_.pdf
 
 
MDM challenging results in 10 cities
(25/11/2013)
Mozambique Democratic Movement (Movimento Democrático de Moçambique, MDM) is formally contesting the results in 10 municipalities: Maputo, Matola, Beira, Chimoio, Marromeu, Gorongosa, Quelimane, Mocuba, Gurué and Milange, according to MDM spokesman Sande Carmona. He told the Bulletin that the MDM has proof in these 10 that Frelimo had changed the results in collusion with electoral authorities.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_54-25November2013_protests.pdf
 
 
Second Nampula election annulled
(23/11/2013)
As expected, the National Elections Commission (CNE) has annulled the election for the Nampula Municipal Assembly, but for an unexpected reason - the Nampula Provincial Elections Commission failed to follow CNE instructions to protect security of th ballot boxes.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_53-23Nov2013-pm.pdf
 
 
Frelimo victory in Mocuba
(23/11/2013)
Police kill MDM celebrator and declare ban on demonstrations in Quelimane
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_52-23Nov2013.pdf
 
 
Frelimo wins Marromeu and Chimoio
(21/11/2013)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_51_Gurue-Chimoio-21Nov2013-2000.pdf
 
 
First results
(21/11/2013)
MDM holds Beira, Quelimane
Gurue, Chimoio, Morremeu, Milange, Mocuba very close
Frelimo sweeps the rest
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_50-21Nov2013_1st_Results.pdf
 
 
Nampula mayoral vote annulled; new vote 1 Dec
(20/11/2013)
Nampula city will have a new election for mayor on Sunday 1 December; the election today has been annulled because the candidate of the Humanitarian Party, PAHUMO, Filomena Mutoropa, was left off the ballot paper.
However, there was also an error on the Nampula city ballot paper for municipal assembly, which the CNE has not yet considered. The name of one party appeared a second time in place of the correct name of another party.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_49-20Nov2013-23.00-Nampula.pdf
 
 
Mixed turnout this afternoon
(20/11/2013)
Multiple voting in Ihla de Moçambique
Observers denied credentials in Beira
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_48-20Nov2013.pdf
 
 
Smooth start to voting with initial high turnout
(20/11/2013)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_46-47_20Nov2013.pdf
 
 
Renamo will not disrupt elections
(19/11/2013)
Confirmed that police used live ammunition at Beira showmicio
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_45-19Nov2013.pdf
 
 
16 towns to watch
(17/11/2013)
Based on past voting records as well as the quality of current candidates, we think there are 16 of the 53 municipalities where the opposition has a chance to do well in elections on Wednesday
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_44-17Nov2013-2000.pdf
 
 
Riot police tear gas MDM rally in Beira
(16/11/2013)
Riot police (Força de Intervenção Rápida, FIR) Saturday afternoon shot tear gas into the crowd at the final rally (showmicio) of the MDM mayoral candidate, Daviz Simango, creating panic. The rally was in Munhava, Beira. Shortly afterwards, members of the crowd retaliated by attacked the nearby Frelimo headquarters.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_43-17November2013-1400.pdf
 
 
Continued use of state vehicles
(14/11/2013)
Frelimo continues to use government vehicles in many municipalities.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_42-14November.pdf
 
 
Voting materials in all provinces
(13/11/2013)
By Wednesday 13 November all voting materials were already out in the provinces, Felisberto Naife, director-general of the Secretariado Técnico da Administração Eleitoral (STAE), told a press conference.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_41-14Nov2013.pdf
 
 
In Chimoio, police arrest MDM pulling down posters but not Frelimo using state cars
(12/11/2013)
Nine MDM members in Chimoio have been arrested for obstructing Frelimo election caravans and destroying Frelimo election materials. Police spokesman Vasco Matusse said the MDM members were caught in the act of destroying Frelimo posters in several neighbourhoods.

Matusse went on to complain about Frelimo's increasing use of state cars, often with registration numbers covered by posters. But apparently there have been no arrests, even though use of state cars is a violation of electoral laws.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_40-12Nov2013.pdf
 
 
Parties campaign in churches
(11/11/2013)
Candidates of both Frelimo and MGM (Mozambique Democratic Movement, Movimento Democratico de Mocambique) campaigned in churches on Sunday, even though the electoral law explicitly prohibits campaigning in "normal places of worship". This was not simply attending church services, but open appeals to the congregation for votes.
link Eleições_Autárquicas_39-11deNovembro.pdf
 
 
Skirmishes and arrests in election campaign
(10/11/2013)
Increasing aggression between members of the two main political parties, Frelimo and MDM (Movimento Democratico de Mocambique, Mozambique Democratic Movement), was noted toward the end of the first week of campaigning for the 20 November municipal elections.
link Eleições_Autárquicas_38-10deNovembro.pdf
 
 
Electoral campaign continues without incident
(08/11/2013)
The electoral campaign passed its third day Thursday tranquilly, without registering serious incidents. Problems were mostly about pulling down other parties' posters. Local elections are on Wednesday 20 November.
In the campaign itself, Frelimo has prioritised big meetings, while MDM has concentrated on walkabouts in neighbourhoods
link Eleições_Autárquicas_37-8deNovembro.pdf
 
 
Campaign opens, generally calm
(06/11/2013)
Campaigns opened yesterday in most of the 53 municipalities with marches, meetings, and especially election posters everywhere. Nearly everywhere the campaign for the 20 November local elections was calm and orderly. The main incident was in Gorongosa where shots by the army (FADM) caused fear and disrupted the first day of the campaign At national level, Frelimo issued an instruction to its campaigners not to use state cars, but our correspondents report this has been widely ignored.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_36-6Nov2013.pdf
 
 
Local elections campaign begins Tuesday
(03/11/2013)
The official local election campaign begins Tuesday 5 November and ends Sunday 17 November, two days before the voting for mayors and assemblies in 53 municipalities on Wednesday 20 November. Despite a fear of return to war triggered by military actions in Sofala and Nampula provinces, the National Elections Commission (CNE) says everything is ready for the start of the campaign.
Also:
+ Material will be distributed 6 days before polling
+ CNE guarantees to punish anyone who 'stains' the electoral process
+ Fingerprints will be used to prosecute anyone registering twice
+ Polling stations must accept protests
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_35-3November2013.pdf
 
 
Frelimo backs mayoral candidate convicted of offering money to a prosecutor
(14/10/2013)
Frelimo has backed its candidate for mayor of Moatize, Tete, Carlos Portimão, after he was convicted of offering money to the district public prosecutor, Ivania Mussagy.

Portimão went to the office of the prosecutor to convince her to release a nephew being held in Moatize jail. The mayoral candidate handed 5000 meticais ($170) to Mussagy. She took the money and immediately telephoned the police, who came and arrested him for attempting to bribe a prosecutor.

Also, STAE is having trouble recruiting polling station staff because would-be workers are having difficulty obtaining three required documents: a medical certificate, a declaration of having registered for military service, and a certificate of no criminal record
link Local_Elections_Bulletin-34_14October2013.pdf
 
 
Approved mayoral candidates and municipal assembly lists
(26/09/2013)
The ruling party Frelimo and the main opposition MDM will stand for both president (mayor) and municipal assembly in all 53 municipalities. All parties and citizens' lists which presented lists had them approved, but no other party or list is standing in more than 5 municipalities
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_33-26 Sept.pdf
 
 
Candidate submission closes as CNE speeds processing
(09/09/2013)
Submission of candidates for the 20 November municipal elections closed on Friday. Each candidate must present five documents, which means more than 10,000 sheets of paper were submitted. As promised, the National Elections Commission (CNE) followed a new procedure and checked to see that all documents were submitted, and had enough staff to do so – in sharp contrast to the chaos in 2009.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_32-9Sept2013.pdf
 
 
CNE annuls Quelimane ruling on Araújo pictures
(18/08/2013)
A ruling by the Quelimane city election commission that posters with photos of MDC mayor Manuel de Araújo must be be taken down has been annulled by the National Elections Commission (Comissão Nacional de Eleições, CNE) on 14 August.
The only coalition initially approved to stand in local elections on 20 November has now been excluded because it did not complete the complex registration process.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_31-18Aug2013.pdf
 
 
19 political parties, coalitions & citizens groups approved
(13/08/2013)
12 political parties, one coalition, and five citizens' groups have been approved by the National Elections Commission (CNE) to put forward candidates for the 20 November municipal elections.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_30-13August2013.pdf
 
 
17 parties want to stand - but not Renamo
(06/08/2013)
Ten parties, one coalition, and five citizens' lists (to stand in individual cities) had submitted their documents to the National Elections Commission (CNE) by the deadline at the end of today. Renamo was not among them, confirming its decision to boycott municipal elections on 20 November.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_29-6August2013r.pdf
 
 
Candidates will submit 30,000 documents - most on a single day
(01/08/2013)
An "army" of staff will be mobilised by the National Elections Commission (CNE) to process and verify documents of candidates in municipal elections.
Parties have a month form 7 August to 6 September to present documents. The procedures announced on 22 July require that each page submitted be initialled and stamped in the presence of the party agent (or substitute) and that a summary sheet be compiled and given to the agent.
This is a new procedure which is not set out in the electoral law, and is an attempt to avoid the confusion that occurred in 2009, when folders of documents were accepted without being checked, and parties were only told later if documents were missing. This resulted in some parties being excluded.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_28-1August.pdf
 
 
Next step - parties & candidates
(24/07/2013)
Registration ended Tuesday and final numbers are expected to be announced Thursday morning. Registration books are now on display for parties and individuals to check until 6 August.
Political parties, coalitions of parties, and citizens' groups began registration Tuesday and have until 6 August. And the National Elections Commission has set out the system for registering candidates between 7 August and 6 September. Procedures are set out in the electoral law (7/2013) and are largely just repeated by the CNE
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_26-24deJulho.pdf
 
 
EU calls for more CNE transparency
(23/07/2013)
A European Union Election Follow-up Mission has called for more openness by the National Elections Commission (CNE), including the publication of all deliberations and all complaints.
The report recommends:
"+ CNE could publish and maintain an up to date a list of all presented complaints and their actual status.
+ The CNE could maintain open communication channels by holding regular and systematic meetings with political parties, civil society organisations, police.
+ All CNE deliberations could be made immediately public, via the CNE website and through the media.
+ Political parties could benefit from access to the voter register, and in advance of campaign period."
A summary of the report is on:
http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/mozambique/documents/news/20130716_en.pdf

link Local_Elections_Bulletin_25-23July2013_EU_transparency_call.pdf
 
 
Registration up to 72%; Low registration in some MDM target cities
(21/07/2013)
+ More than 72% of potential voters had registered by the end of Thursday. All voters must register anew to vote in municipal elections on 20 November, and registration closes Tuesday 23 July. Registration is only taking place in the 53 municipalities, which have about one-third of the national population; national presidential and parliamentary elections will be in October next year.
+ Low registration in some MDM target cities
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_24-21July2013.pdf
 
 
With one week to go, 2/3 of voters registere
(17/07/2013)
+ STAE reported today that with one week to go, 65.2% of potential voters in the 53 municipalities have registered. In the past week, 9.4% of possible voters obtained their voters cards. All provinces are now over 50% Nampula had a high rate of registration, over 12%, and has now registered 56% of possible voters – still below average.
+ Trial of @Verdade journalist postponed
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_23-17July2013.pdf
 
 
Registration only 56%
(11/07/2013)
With only 13 days left to register, just 56% of potential voters had registered by 10 July. In the two most populous provinces, Zambézia and Nampula, registration is only 44% and 45%.
Full list of registration numbers of all 53 municipalities.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_22-11July2013-registration_details.pdf
 
 
With 2 weeks to go, only half of voters registered
(09/07/2013)
With just two weeks of registration to go, 1,877,813 people have been registered, which is only 54% of the 3,495,566 voters expected.
+ A guard at the Fraternidade Secondary School in Pemba is accused by STAE of telling people who arrived to register not to do so, because he said Renamo warned that there would be war if there were elections this year.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_21-9July2013.pdf
 
 
Teachers denounce collection of voters card numbers
(07/07/2013)
Teachers in Beira say lists are circulating in schools and they are being required to fill in their name and their voter's card number, for reasons which are never explained.
Registration is being disrupted at schools which have not paid their electricity bill, because there are frequent power cuts.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_20-7July.pdf
 
 
Renamo election proposals: Politicisation of election machine plus recounts & reduced bureaucracy
(04/07/2013)
Renamo's proposals for changes in the electoral process were published last week. Proposals for politicization of the electoral system have been scaled back. Renamo demands equal numbers of members to Frelimo on elections commissions and that the directors and deputy directors of STAE be agreed by Frelimo and Renamo. It also wants STAE and registration and polling stations staff to all have some members named by political parties.
But Renamo also tables some proposals which civil society and observers have raised in the past, including allowing recounts, requiring fewer documents, and giving parties an opportunity to fill gaps in the long list of documents required for candidates.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_19-4July_Renamo_proposals.pdf
 
 
No coins for the electric meter means registration stops
(03/07/2013)
Two Nampula city registration posts have stopped work because they cannot recharge the batteries for the computers. Our correspondent discovered they had been charging the batteries at a neighbouring house and had promised the home-owner 300 meticais ($10) per week for the pre-payment (credelec) electricity meter. But STAE only paid for the first week. Staff kept promising they would pay eventually, but nothing happened, and the family finally decided Saturday to step giving free electricity to STAE. Both registration posts remain closed.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_18-3July.pdf
 
 
Registration remains slow; Nampula, Zambézia lowest
(01/07/2013)
Voter registration rates appear to be falling, and half way through the two-month registration period, only one-third of potential voters have signed up. Registration is over 50% only in the Frelimo strongholds of Gaza, Inhambane, and Tete. In Nampula and Zambézia, where the opposition would be expected to do well, registration is only 25%.
Could this be the Renamo boycott? Renamo is not mobilising its supporters to register, while saying elections will not take place. Frelimo, however, is pushing its supporters to register. MDM's chances may depend on a push to register its backers.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_17-1July.pdf
 
 
Low turnout forces STAE to step up civic education
(27/06/2013)
Half way through the two-month registration, turnout is low, which is blamed on initial computer problems as well as to on-going difficulties with registration equipment. Therefore, civic education campaigning will be stepped up to try to convince people to register, National Elections Commission (Comissão Nacional de Eleições, CNE) president Abdul Carimo said earlier this week. Only 26,000 voters have registered in Nacala Porto, out of 150,000 expected – only 17% - admitted the director of STAE in Nacala-Porto, Antoninho António.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_16-27June_low_turnout.pdf
 
 
No credentials for observers & party delegates leads to arrest in Chiúre
(23/06/2013)
Registration began on schedule on Thursday 20 June in the 10 new municipalities, but with no observation in some places because credentials had not been issued to party delegates and to independent observers from the Electoral Observatory.
For example, in Maganja da Costa (Zambézia), registration began with no outside monitoring because neither party delegates nor the Electoral Observatory were issued credentials in time.
In Chiúre (Cabo Delgado) an MDM (Movimento Democrático de Moçambique, Mozambique Democratic Movement) delegate was arrested because he tried to stop registration. Eusébio Assane was at the registration post at Bairro Muajaja, but he was alone because no other observers or delegates had credentials.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_15-23June2013.pdf
 
 
Beira STAE claims refused documents "probably" false
(19/06/2013)
Identification documents refused by registration brigades were "probably" false, claimed the Sofala STAE director, Celso Chimoio, in a press conference today in Beira
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_14-19June.pdf
 
 
Unprepared STAE finally creates flying squad
(16/06/2013)
In a de facto admission that it was totally unprepared for the huge number of problems, STAE has finally set up a special team to control all operations and supply of materials to registration brigades. The team will also explain to brigades the range of identity documents which are allowed.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_13-16June.pdf
 
 
Dondo registration brigades rejecting valid identification
(13/06/2013)
Some registration teams in Dondo (Sofala) continue to reject valid identification documents and demand improper testimonials.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_12-13June.pdf
 
 
Frelimo complaint leads to improper arrest of 12 in Beira
(09/06/2013)
Twelve people were arrested in Beira Wednesday 5 June and held overnight after being incorrectly accused by Frelimo party delegates of illegally trying to register to vote.
+ Of the 10 new municipalities just approved by parliament, one should be easily won by the opposition and three should be close enough to give the opposition a serious chance. Frelimo should easily win the other six.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_11-9June.pdf
 
 
10 new municipalities - Running fast to catch up
(07/06/2013)
+ only 7 days to submit election commission civil society candidates
+ only 1 month registration
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_10-7June.pdf
 
 
By rejected valid documents, brigades turning away would-be voters
(05/06/2013)
Would-be voters are being turned away by registration brigades in various parts of the country, when brigades claim documents being presented cannot be used, even though the law and STAE says the documents are valid. Documents being refused by brigades which should be accepted include old style identity cards, voter's registration cards from previous elections, birth certificates, and a less used identity book called a Cedula Pessoal, as well as other kinds of identity documents that do not have an expiry date.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_9-5June.pdf
 
 
Most registration posts open with new printers
(03/06/2013)
Most voter registration posts reopened over the weekend, with new printers for the voter's cards. But our journalists also report that on Monday morning some posts still had not reopened in Lichinga (Niassa), Ribaue (Nampula),Maxixe and Vilankulo (Inhambane), Manjacaze (Gaza), and Quelimane (Zambezia)n Maxixe (Inhambane).
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_8-3June.pdf
 
 
New printers for all registration teams
(30/05/2013)
All printers to produce voter's cards are being replaced, starting today. At least 750 new printers are being imported from South Africa, STAE director Felisberto Naife told a press conference this morning.Naife said that the company which won the tender for the registration package was responsible and was bringing in the new printers at its cost.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_7-30May.pdf
 
 
Many registration posts failed to open
(29/05/2013)
Half of the registration posts in Nampula province were not open this morning, Wednesday, five days after the start of registration. In Cuamba at 10 am this morning, only one registration post was functioning. Most of the 32 registration posts in Tete city remained closed yesterday.
link Local_Elections_Bulletin-6-29May.pdf
 
 
Some brigades demand residence credential
(28/05/2013)
Some registration teams in Matola and in northern Mozambique are demanding letters from neighbourhood secretaries attesting to would-be voters residence in the city.
Such a demand is illegal and registration brigades were given no instructions to ask for any such letter, explained STAE (Election Technical Secretariat, Secretariado Técnico de Administração Eleitoral).
link Local_Elections_Bulletin-5-28May.pdf
 
 
Poor start to registration
(26/05/2013)
Carimo promises new openness
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_4-26May.pdf
 
 
Sheik Abdul Carimo named CNE president
(24/05/2013)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_3-24May.pdf
 
 
Leopoldo withdraws
(17/05/2013)
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_2-17May.pdf
 
 
10 new muncipalities
(15/05/2013)
The Council of Ministers yesterday decided to propose to parliament the creation of ten new municipalities: Boane (Maputo province), Praia do Bilene (Gaza), Quissico (Inhambane), Nhamatanda (Sofala), Sussundenga (Manica), Nhamayábué (Tete), Maganja da Costa (Zambézia), Malema (Nampula), Chiure (Cabo Delgado) and Mandimba (Niassa).

The first 33 municipalities were created in 1997 followed by 10 more in 2008. Municipalities have elected local governments, whereas districts, administrative posts, and localities have appointed governments. The municipalities have about one-third of Mozambique's population
link Local_Elections_Bulletin_1-15May.pdf
 
 
Calendar and election laws
(05/05/2013)
The calendar and the election laws are in Portuguese and are in the Portuguese section of this website.
 
 
 
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