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Frelimo members and supporters are collecting voters cards for unknown purposes across the country, our correspondents report.
In Vilanculos, Inhambane, citizens report collecting voter cards from pupils and carers by senior teachers at Airport primary school and going to the homes of pupils and collecting voters cards from the pupils and their parents. “Today I was surprised when I saw a group of teachers at my house, and they demanded voter cards. I said no because they couldn’t even explain why,” one student told the Bulletin.
In the district of Mopeia, Zambezia, the principal of the Mopeia General Secondary School forced electoral-age students to hand in voter cards, threatening to fail those who do not comply.
In Dondo district, Sofala, Frelimo members collect voter cards from the population in exchange for donations to cyclone Idai victims at the Mafambisse administrative post, according to the Renamo political delegate, Albano Fernando.
In Vanduzi district, Manica, and Mandimba District, Niassa, Frelimo supporters entice people to register their voter card number on a list in exchange for party shirts and capulanas. The same is true in the district of Muecate, Nampula, where district secretaries move from residence to residence to collect voter cards. Local people are unaware of the reason behind this collection, our correspondents report. Still in the same district, school principals demand teacher voter’s cards at Nkomati EPC and Muititi Elementary School.
In Cuamba district, school principal Josina Machel met with teachers and demanded that they hand over voter cards after telling them to votes for Frelimo.
By Joseph Hanlon
Source: 2019 General Elections - Mozambique Political Process Bulletin
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