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Rosário Fernandes. [File photo: O País]
Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the President of the National Statistics Institute (INE), Rosário Fernandes, who made the post available following recent controversy over voter registration.
The Presidency of the Republic, in a note to the media, said that Rosário Fernandes was “dismissed” from the post, without indicating the reasons for the decision.
The president of INE made his seat available last week, invoking “coherence and principles”.
INE contested electoral authority data over numbers on the electoral register in Gaza province, south of the country, considering that the tabulation obtained in that constituency would only be possible with the population projections of 2040.
The situation led the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, to publicly question the disparity between the INE figures and the electoral authorities.
The National Electoral Commission (CNE) of Mozambique announced in June that it had registered 1.1 million voters in the province of Gaza, which is equivalent to saying that 80% of the population is over 18 years old, when INE data indicate that there are 836,000 people of electoral age there, or 329,000 less.
The constituency of Gaza province has voted mostly for Frelimo, the ruling party.
On Oct. 15, Mozambique will have the sixth general and multiparty elections in its history.
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