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The Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), a Mozambican nongovernmental organization that monitors state transparency in Mozambique, called the pilot census which ended today, “disorganized”, warning of the weak turnout in the process.
The pilot census “had enough flow to show a disorganized process, with machine problems and with poor population turnout,” the NGO said in a note sent to Lusa.
The pilot census took place in the provinces of Maputo (south of the country), Sofala (centre) and Cabo Delgado (north), mobilizing a total of 58 teams in an operation valued at 18 million meticais (EUR 246,000).
The CIP said the process, which began on December 4, was “ignored by the population as well as by political parties and even by the press”.
The Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) announced that, between December 4 and 10, the census registered 25,000 people, and admitted that the number was below official expectations.
Besides equipment failures, the pilot census revealed a lack of experience on the part of the technicians who worked with the machines, the CIP said.
“This census has the peculiarity that the cards issued have no use whatsoever, and this may have been a factor in citizens’ apathy,” the organization noted.
The test precedes the definitive census that begins on March 1, 2018, with a view to the October 10 municipal elections and the 2019 general elections, and iss aimed at evaluating computer equipment and programmes, the readiness of personnel, and data synchronization with provincial and central processing centres.Source: O País