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The electoral campaign for the mayoral election in Nampula, northern Mozambique, starts today with five candidates in the race.
The by-election in the municipality of Nampula, Mozambique’s third largest city, is being held as a result of the murder of Mayor Mahamudo Amurane on October 4 of last year.
National Election Commission (CNE) spokesman Paulo Cuinica told Lusa that 296,590 voters are registered for the vote on the 24th of this month. Voting will take place at 401 polling stations in 54 polling districts.
Amisse Cololo, of the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo), the party currently in power, Paulo Vahanle of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the main opposition party, and Carlos Saíde Chaúre, of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), Mozambique’s third largest political party, are contesting the position.
Filomena Mutoropa, representing the Humanitarian Party of Mozambique, and Mário Albino, from the Acção Movimento Unido Salvação Integral, round out the field.
In a speech signalling the start of the election campaign, CNE president Abdul Carimo urged competitors to be civil and respect the law.
“The CNE urges the political parties to be guided by the electoral code of conduct, so that the election takes place in an environment of peace and within the norms of social interaction,” Abdul Carimo said.
Mahamudo Amurane became mayor of Nampula in 2014, after competing and winning on an MDM ticket. His murder remains unsolved.Source: Lusa