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DW / National Election Commission spokesman Paulo Cuinicasays that 296,590 voters were registered for the vote on the 24th January, next week Wednesday.
The Public Integrity Centre has criticised errors in the electoral rolls for the by-elections in the municipality of Nampula, northern Mozambique on January 24, with the NGO characterising the situation as “a mess”.
In a statement distributed on Monday in Maputo, Mozambique watchdog the Centre for Public Integrity reports the delivery, by the National Elections Commission (CNE), of documents in electronic form which are disorganised, incomplete and different from the printed electoral registers.
“The information on the flash drives had different versions of the same thing, and this situation may explain why Renamo and the MDM found on them contradictory information, where it should be the same,” the organisation said.
Missing folders and duplicates without content
In the electronic documents handed over to party agents, the note goes on, there were missing and duplicate folders, along with others which could not be opened or had no contents.
“There were documents [which were] duplicated and documents in folders that would not open,” says the CIP, citing CNE spokesman Paulo Cuinica’s admission on Friday that there were errors in the electoral register.
The CIP notes that, after complaints from the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the main opposition party, and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), the country’s third largest political party, CNE President Abdul Carimo had to make an emergency visit to Nampula to help resolve the situation.
“The solution he settled on was to immediately invalidate the lists submitted by the Nampula Provincial Elections Commission and to use the 2014 lists for the general elections in the city of Nampula,” the CIP notes.
The by-election in Nampula, Mozambican third largest city, has been brought about by murder of the city’s mayor, Mahamudo Amurane, on October 4, 2017.
National Election Commission spokesman Paulo Cuinica told Lusa that 296,590 voters were registered for the vote on the 24th, which will take place at 401 polling stations in 54 polling areas.
Amisse Cololo, from the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo), the ruling party, Paulo Vahanle, from Renamo, and Carlos Saíde Chaúre, MDM, are on the ballot. Other candidates are Filomena Mutoropa, Humanitarian Party of Mozambique (PAHUMO), and Mário Albino, United Integral Salvation Action Movement (AMUSI).Deutsche Welle
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