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Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo has filed judicial appeals against the results of last weeks local elections in five municipalities, a party source said on Tuesday. The party victory in 13 of the country’s 53 municipalities, compared to the eight it won according to results announced by the electoral bodies.
“We presented appeals in the district courts of the municipalities of Moatize, Monapo, Marromeu, Alto Molócue and Matola, because we won in these municipalities, but the results were falsified,” Renamo’s representative on the electoral bodies, André Majibire, said.
Majibire told Lusa that the results of the elections in the municipalities where the party appealed were based on ‘editais’ (‘edicts’) which it maintains were falsified in favour of the ruling Frelimo Liberation Front of Mozambique.
“In one case, the edicts were falsified after they were signed, and in others they [Frelimo] provoked skirmishes so that our list delegates could not attend the vote counting,” he charged.
If the district courts refuse their appeals, Renamo says it will go all the way to the Constitutional Council. “We will exhaust all judicial means at our disposal, because we won in 13 municipalities, but victory was denied us in five,” Majibire said.
Official results released on Sunday give Renamo victory in eight municipalities, against 44 for the governing Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo), while the Mozambican Democratic Movement (MDM), the third largest political party, won in the municipality of Beira.Source: Lusa