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DW (File photo) / Paulo Vahanle during the electoral campaign in Nampula
According to the Mozambican Public Integrity Centre, Paulo Vahanle obtained 58 percent of the votes in the second round of the Nampula by-election. Electoral authorities are expected to release official data later this Thursday.
In Nampula, the Mozambican Public Integrity Centre (CIP) has announced that the Renamo candidate, Paulo Vahanle, has won the second round of the mayoral by-elections. The vote was held yesterday, Wednesday 14-03, with problems again registered by the electoral bodies.
The CIP, part of the ‘Votar Moçambique’ platform which, along with other civil society organisations, followed the scrutiny and countin, reports that Paulo Vahanle obtained 58 percent of the votes, while Amélio Cololo of Frelimo, the ruling party, polled 42 percent. The information was released by the Lusa news agency.
The Mozambican newspaper O País notes that the electoral authorities will release preliminary official results today (Thursday).
The ‘Votar Moçambique’ platform reported some problems in the conduct of the election, with observers noting that, although the polls generally opened on time, there were delays at some polling stations for lack of materials and electoral registers.
There were also cases where voters’ names were not on the register, despite them having a voter’s card and having voted at the same voting tables on the first round. There were also cases of ballot papers found outside polling stations.
The vote in Nampula was the result of the murder of former mayor Mahamudo Amurane, just seven months before the nationwide municipal elections scheduled for October 10.Deutsche Welle