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Voter registration took place between April 15 and May 30. [Picture: DW]
Constitutional Council has decided to not uphold the appeal lodged by Mozambique’s largest opposition party, Renamo, which calls for the declaring void of the National Elections Commission’s decision ratifying voter registration data, particularly in Gaza.
The Constitutional Council “declares the dismissal of the appeal brought by the Renamo party”, issued on Tuesday, July 9.
The largest opposition party demanded the nullification on the grounds that data had been manipulated, particularly in Gaza province, to favour Frelimo.
The document, published on the Constitutional Council’s web page, justifies the rejection of the appeal explaining that Renamo’s request falls within the “voidability” and not the “nullity” of the definitive data of this process, and that was why the largest opposition party failed to meet the legally established deadline for “presentation of complaints or appeals of the decisions of the organs of the administration of the electoral census”.
The Constitutional Council said that Renamo only lodged the appeal “after centralisation of the total data”, and should rather have done so when “the Provincial Electoral Commission of Gaza approved … the data of the voter registration” on June 13. “The Applicant, not satisfied with the data approved and publicly presented, had there the proper opportunity to challenge them,” the ruling details.
Criticism of the voter registration process in Gaza and other provinces does not come from Renamo alone. This week, five Mozambican civil society organisations demanded a repeat of the census for the October 15 general elections in Gaza, Zambezia and Cabo Delgado provinces.
According to Adriano Nuvunga, a spokesman for the five organisations, “Gaza registered a number of voters well above half the population in the province, which influenced the final distribution of seats to the Assembly of the Republic, increasing nine seats.”Source: Deutsche Welle