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The president of the Mozambican National Electoral Commission (CNE), Abdul Carimo, has promised that Mozambique’s Defence and Security Forces will protect the voter registration process in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, which has been the target of armed attacks.
“Regarding Cabo Delgado, I have to say that the Defence and Security Forces are providing total protection to our teams. We will do everything necessary to register our citizens in Cabo Delgado,” newspaper O País quoted Carimo as saying yesterday.
The voter registration for the October 15 general election begins on the 15th of this month. It had originally been scheduled for April 1st but was postponed because of Cyclone Idai, which hit the centre of the country on March 14.
For the first time, besides choosing the parliament and the president, Mozambicans will elect 11 provincial governors, who are no longer to be appointed by central authorities.
The change is part of the agreement between the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) government, and the country’s main opposition party, the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).
Attacks by unidentified armed groups in Cabo Delgado have cost at least 150 lives since October 2017.Source: Lusa