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Embarrassingly, Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) on Sunday announced the wrong figures for the results of the general elections held on 15 October.
In giving the full results for the presidential and parliamentary elections, the CNE forgot about the Mozambican voters in the diaspora.
The error is strange, because the two diaspora consistencies (Africa, and the Rest of the World) were included in the figure for total registration of voters (13,162,321).
Once the CNE’s figures are corrected to include the diaspora voters, the victory of incumbent President Filipe Nyusi and of the ruling Frelimo Party becomes even larger. By omitting the diaspora, the CNE had mislaid over 131,000 Nyusi votes.
The missing votes do not make any material difference, but the least one can expect from an elections commission is that it does not omit constituencies from the results.
The mistake was spotted by the “Mozambique Political Process Bulletin”, published by the anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP).
The corrected figures are as follows:
Filipe Nyusi (Frelimo) 4,639,015 (73.4 per cent)
Ossufo Momade (Renamo) 1,356,644 (21.5 per cent)
Daviz Simango (MDM) 273,397 (4.3 per cent)
Mario Albino (AMUSI) 46,043 (0.7 per cent)
Frelimo 4,322,944 (71.2 per cent)
Renamo 1,351,325 (22.3 per cent)
MDM 253,733 (4.2 per cent)
The other 2.3 per cent was scattered around 23 minor parties.
The CNE’s mistake made no difference to the distribution of parliamentary seats, which remains 184 for Frelimo, 60 for Renamo and six for the MDM.
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