Mozambique: Gentleman's agreement not to touch the CNE before the elections? - Hanlon
The electoral race for the October 15 presidential, legislative, and provincial assembly elections in Mozambique started on Monday with the start of registrations for political parties, coalitions and citizens’ groups.
Two political formations submitted their registration on the first day – the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), which is already represented in parliament, and the recently created Optimistic Party for the Development of Mozambique (PODEMOS).
The AIM knows from reliable sources that Frelimo, Mozambique’s ruling party, will submit its registration later this afternoon.
MDM representative Manuel de Sousa said after the party’s registration that it had fulfilled the mandate of the people, the voters and the National Political Committee of the MDM by registering to participate in the electoral process.
“We are pleased that we have rigorously followed the will of our people to see the MDM participate in the October 15 elections. The MDM since the 2009 elections has never been excluded from participating in any elections, and this time it will not be any different,” he said.
He said that the MDM was prepared to compete and looked forward to good results in the presidential, legislative and provincial assembly elections throughout the country, where it was represented at all levels.
“We are prepared to compete in all provinces. The MDM has a competent structure to feature in all processes,” he said.
Meanwhile, PODEMOS representative Ernesto Stefane said that his party was confident and ready to participate in the electoral process, and that the party, although new, was entering the race with high hopes.
Stefane also said that PODEMOS would present its candidate this week, and complete the process of the election of heads-of-party lists at the national level.
“This week we will introduce our candidate, and you may rest assured that he is a well-known individual and that he will open the doors to freedom in this country,” he said.
Stefane declined to reveal the name of his party’s presidential candidate, but there is strong evidence suggesting he is the PODEMOS founder, Albino Forquilha, a former member of Frelimo who left the party, accusing it of failing to implement a policy of inclusion to the prejudice of social justice.
The CNE, in the voice of its Committee on Legal and Deontological Affairs member Rodrigues Timba, said that the process of registration of political parties, which started on June 1 and would end on the 30th, was running smoothly.
During that period, the body would verify the registration procedures and all symbols, acronyms and denominations, so that political parties could be notified in good time if any irregularities were detected.
The National Elections Commission hopes to register just over 20 political parties, coalitions and citizens’ groups for the October 15 elections, the country’s sixth.Source: AIM Moçambique