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Rosario Fernandes, the outgoing president of the National Institute of Statistics (INE), has written a farewell letter to Mozambique’s cooperation partners (who finance much of INE’s activities) explaining his abrupt departure from the institution following a dispute involving the National Election Commission (CNE) over the size of the population in Gaza province old enough to vote. The letlter, dated September 12, is short and incisive.
After recalling that he resigned because of the “pronouncements in Zambezia, and then at the inauguration of the new premises of the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Friday by the President of the Republic, in the aftermath of the Gaza voter registration,” he warns:
“From the strictly legal point of view, it will be up to the September 15 sitting of the Constitutional Council, after hearing the PGR, to issue a verdict on the mediated challenge [of the voter registration in Gaza], which would mean either maintaining the STAE/CNE Terms or rectifying them to the limits of the Confidence Interval, thereby managing the dispersion of the standard deviation and reassuring the animosities of the contesting political players.”
Rosario Fernandes says he leaves INE in “good hands”, but emphasises that “the Mission of Statistical Agencies is guided by standards of the Harmonised System of the International Statistical System (UN Statistical System and African Charter of Statistics), endorsed by the Government of Mozambique, and of Good Governance, distancing themselves from pressures outside the superior interests of the state.”
Regarding his departure from INE, he notes what was most obvious: “The departure of someone who voluntarily convinced himself that he should not bow to such pressures.”
Source: Carta de Moçambique
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