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The Electoral Commission of the Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA) has approved only the candidacy of Agostinho Vuma for its May 4 presidential elections.
The committee rejected the candidacy of Quessanias Matsombe, supported by the Mozambican Federation of Tourism and Hospitality (Femotur), as accused of committing irregularities and attempted fraud.
Speaking about the candidacy of Quessanias Matsombe, the president of the commission, Pedro Baltazar, explained that the Femotur representative, during the application process, delivered one letter in substitution of three others from the same member, thus totalling four letters of support to his application.
This, according to Baltazar, revealed an inclination to fraud and unlawfulness. The committee therefore decided to put the matter to the vote, culminating in the exclusion of Matsombe’s candidacy by an 80 to 20 percent margin.
Baltazar then explained that “the representative of Femotur’s list discovered a supposedly forgotten letter among his papers which he then presented”, prompting another vote which resulted in his candidacy being accepted with seven letters supporting the candidacy.
According to the chairman of the election commission, the trustee, then realizing that Matsombe had not fulfilled the minimum number (ten) of letters of support required by the electoral regulations, decided to abandon the Fematur Group’s singular insufficiency theory.
However, the new theory was examined by the commission as to whether it was a further attempt at fraud. Faced with this situation, the trustee, at around 9 p.m., decided to abandon the theory of the group, still engaged in an attempt to submit new letters of support.
Finally, this question was also put to the vote, with 80 percent voting that these letters were not received timeously and 20 percent voting in favour. The alleged letters were not therefore accepted by the commission.
The new president of CTA is due to take office on May 12.Source: AIM Moçambique