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The president of the National Electoral Commission of Mozambique (CNE) said that authorities would guarantee security for the general elections in the province of Cabo Delgado, which has been the scene of attacks by armed groups since 2017.
“All staff, be they civic education, voter registration or those who man the polling stations, will always have police to protect them,” Abdul Carimo told reporters.
The electoral bodies, he continued, would hold voter registration and general elections in October throughout the province of Cabo Delgado.
“We do not have information giving account of any area that is occupied [by armed groups] and that we cannot get there,” he said.
Abdul Carimo said the attacks by armed groups in Cabo Delgado were sporadic, emphasising the creation of secure conditions for the October general elections.
Dozens of people have been killed in armed attacks by unknown people since October 2017 in the province of Cabo Delgado.
The attacks occur in areas close to areas where natural gas will be produced, but there is no record of attacks near where oil companies are erecting infrastructure.
Mozambique will hold its sixth round of general election in its history in October, including presidential, legislative and provincial elections.Source: Lusa
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