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At least four observers, two local and two from the European Union, were expelled from the room where the district polling results were being tabulated in Milange, Zambezia. The observers had been in the STAE Chief Operating Officer’s office from yesterday morning (17 October) watching the tabulations. But around 6 pm they were forced to leave by STAE District Director Barressone Augusto, who told observers “The law does not allow the count to be done in the presence of observers. I ask you to leave because we want to work!”, our correspondents report. A half hour later, the STAEs director called EU observers and informed them that they could return to the room where the count was taking place.
According to Article 263 (c) of Law No 3/2019 of 31 May, observers are entitled to “observe subsequent electoral processes at all levels, including data collection, centralisation and tabulation of electoral results” at district, city, province and central level.
Source: 2019 General Elections - Mozambique Political Process Bulletin
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