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The next municipal and general elections will cost 900 million meticais ( around US$13,2 million at current exchange rates), according to the National Elections Commission’s first 2017 session, held on Wednesday to define guidelines for the approaching electoral calendar.
The institution, headed by Abdul Carimo, estimates costs of 900 million meticais for the 2018-2019 electoral cycle, explaining that it took into account the austerity that the country is experiencing due to the economic crisis. “Given the tightening, our budget is set at 900 million meticais,” spokesman Paulo Cuinica said.
The Election Commission also set the date for next year’s municipal elections, but did not reveal it to the press. The proposal was submitted to the Council of Ministers, who will approve and announce it. “It’s a proposal. Only the Council of Ministers can decide on the date. If we announced [the date], we would be preempting the competence of the Council of Ministers. Therefore, we have made a proposal and it is up to the executive to announce whether or not this is this date,” said Cuinica.
CNE and Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) staff training activities will start later this year, 60 days after the Council of Ministers approves the date of the municipal elections. “Activities for 2017 will focus on the training of CNE members,” the CNE spokesman explained.
Concerning the census, Cuinica says that the date would be announced after the government approved the date of the local elections.
What does the law say about the date of the elections?
According to article 6, paragraph 1, of the law that establishes the legal framework for the election of the President of the Municipal Council and the election of the members of the municipal assembly, “The marking of the date of the municipal elections shall be made at least 18 months in advance and shall be held until the first fortnight of October of each electoral year, on a date to be determined by decree of the Council of Ministers, on the proposal of the National Election Commission”.
The CNE uses data from the National Statistical Institute to estimate the number of potential voters.Source: O País