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The United Nations (UN) has expressed its willingness to continue to support the process that will culminate in next year’s municipal elections and the 2019 general elections in the country.
The guarantee was given by Simon-Pierre Nanitelanio, deputy director of the Electoral Assistance Division of the UN, who heads a mission currently visiting the country at the end of a meeting with President of the Assembly of the Republic Verónica Macamo Dlhovo on Monday.
“It is premature to say what kind of support we are going to give, because we are still in the stage of listening to the electoral players in order to know the needs of each of the parties and be able to determine the aid to be made available,” said Nanitelanio.
The UN mission will be in Mozambique for two weeks, meeting members of the government, electoral process preparation and management bodies, political parties, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.
Of his meeting with Speaker Verónica Macamo, Nanitelanio said that parliament was one of the main electoral players in the country, since it was this body that dealt with electoral legislation.
“We should remember that the UN has supported Mozambican elections since the introduction of democracy in 1994. When we have finished listening, we will be in a position to determine support for the next elections in Mozambique,” said Nanitelanio, who was due to meet the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) to learn about preparations for the 2018 municipal elections, as well as those for 2019 on Monday (11 July).
Macamo said that, in addition to the electoral issue, the meeting reviewed the economic, political and social situation of the country, particularly the ongoing search for peace.
“Our expectation is that the United Nations will support Mozambique in the forthcoming elections,” Verónica Macamo said, adding that the assembly was itself striving for peace. “There are missions working in this direction, but it is not yet known what will happen.” .
Parliament was prepared to revise any law it needed to to accommodate an understanding, she added.Source: Notícias / TVM