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Of 28 parties and groups that registered with the National Elections Commission (CNE), only 18 presented candidates lists for the 10 October municipal elections. Of these, many had problems with candidates documents being incomplete or out of date. Candidates have five days, until Friday 17 August, to correct irregularities.
According to CNE spokesperson Paulo Cuinica, 12 parties, 3 coalitions and 3 citizens lists submitted candidates lists. (See table below).
Parties, citizens lists & coalitions
1 Solidariedade Cívica de Moçambique – SCM
2 Partido Frelimo
3 Associação dos Naturais, Residentes, Residentes e Amigos de Namaacha – ANRAN
4 Partido Renamo
5 Partido Liberal para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável – PLDS
6 Partido Movimento Alternativo de Moçambique -PANAMO
7 Partido Accão do Movimento Unido para a Salvação Integral – AMUSI
8 Movimento Nacional para Recuperação da Unidade Moçambicano – MONARUMO
9 Movimento Democrático de Moçambique –MDM
10 Partido os Verdes de Moçambique – PVM
11 Coligação União Eleitoral – UE
12 Associação Juvenil para o Desenvolvimento de Moçambique – AJUDEM
13 Coligação Aliança Democrática – CAD
14 Partido de Justiça Democrática de Moçambique– PJDM
15 Partido de Ampliação Social de Moçambique –PASOMO
16 Coligação Esperança do Povo – E-POVO
17 Partido Progresso do Povo Moçambicano –PPPM
18 Partido Humanitário de Moçambique –PAHUMO
Only the three main parties with seats in parliament – Frelimo, Renamo and MDM – will stand in all 53 municipalities. The others will stand in one or more.
Parties have known for months that they would have to submit authenticated copies of five documents for each candidate, but some were still sorting out candidates lists at the last minute. Because of the delay in approving the electoral law, the period in which parties could submit lists and documents was cut from 22 to 8 days, which clearly hampered the small parties and citizens’ lists.
Lists must contain enough candidates for all seats in the municipal assembly plus three alternates. Thus parties standing in Maputo had to present lists of 67 candidates – 64 seats plus 3 alternates.
Those registered with the CNE who did not present lists include PDM, MPD, PANAMO/CRD, SOL, PPD, UD, JPC, UMODJA, CEANA and AMAJPS. Juntos pela Cidade (JPC, Together for the city) was the biggest and best known citizens list and won seats in Maputo city assembly in 1998, 2003 and 2008, but failed to submit a list this year.
These are the next steps:
+ Today, Wednesday 15 August, the list of accepted candidates will be posted.
+ Thursday and Friday 16-17 August proponents can protest about candidates excluded.
+ Friday to Wednesday 19-22 August the CNE will post the final list of candidates.
+ Friday 24 August the CNE will draw lots to determine the order of parties on the ballot paper.
Frelimo and Renamo heads of lists, who are the candidates for mayors of the 53 municipalities, are posted here.
By Joseph Hanlon