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The National Election Commission (CNE) yesterday handed over the entire process of the 15 October general elections to the Constitutional Council (CC) for validation and proclamation. CNE President Abdul Carimo acknowledged the existence of irregularities during the process.
The law recommends that, five days after the election results are released by the electoral management bodies, the CNE must submit the entire process to the Constitutional Council, as the highest collegiate body responsible for the proclamation.
This is what we saw yesterday, after last Sunday’s announcement confirming Frelimo and candidate Filipe Nyusi’s crushing election victory.
Abdul Carimo and his entourage brought the entire dossier to the Constitutional Council, in physical and electronic form, so that it can be analysed and subsequently proclaimed.
“We submitted to the CC all the process concerning the elections of 15 October 2019. This process consists of copies of the deliberations and resolutions contained in the Bulletin of the Republic published during the entire electoral process at the polling stations; as well as information about the candidates and the voter registration posts,” the CNE president told reporters.
Also included are the minutes and all processes concerning the provincial and national tabulation carried out by the CNE, as well as the vote declarations of some members of the body.
However, with regard to the quality of the process, Abdul Carimo distanced himself from the “free, fair and transparent” aphorism, recognising that there were irregularities in the process.
“We as election management bodies have concerns about some irregularities that occurred during the process. That’s why when we made the statement in the announcement of the results, nobody heard us say that the elections were free, fair and transparent,” he said. “We leave this judgment regarding freedom, fairness and transparency to the CC,” he added.
Carimo told journalists that it was the election-governing body’s desire to “do everything so that the elections were as peaceful as possible”, but this had not been the case, as there were several reports of incidents.
The Constitutional Council is expected to proclaim the results of the 15 October elections before the end of the year.
The political commissions of both Renamo and the MDM have decided not to recognise the electoral results.
By Romeo CarlosSource: O País
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