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Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has budgeted 97.8 million meticais (about 1.6 million US dollars) for the mayoral by-election in the northern city of Nampula, scheduled for 24 January, according to CNE spokesperson Paulo Cuinica, cited in Friday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
Cuinica said that the proponents of candidates for mayor (registered political parties and independent groups of citizens) should register their intention to stand between 15 and 30 November. The CNE will check candidates’ nomination papers between 2 and 14 December.
The list of candidates must be published by 25 days before the date of the election, and from 5 to 21 January the polling station monitors from the political parties and independent groups must register.
Cuinica warned that the CNE will not accept late registration of monitors. The Constitutional Council, the highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, has severely criticised the CNE in the past for bending the legal deadlines and allowing registration of monitors to continue up to the eve of an election.
Cunica said that the training of polling station staff will take place in January, as will the election campaign, which must end 48 hours before polling day.
Cuinica also announced that the delayed pilot voter registration exercise, intended to test the equipment and software that the CNE will use for voter registration ahead of the 2018 national municipal elections and the 2019 general elections, will begin on 4 December.
The exercise will cover nine districts in three provinces – Ancuabe, Balama and Macomia districts in Cabo Delgado in the north, Buzi, Caia and Cheringoma districts in Sofala, in the central region, and Magude, Marracuene and Moamba districts in Maputo, in the south of the country.
The pilot registration exercise is budgeted at 18 million meticais.Source: AIM
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