Mozambique and Angola foreign ministers meet today in Maputo
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Voter registration for this year’s general elections in Mozambique will run from April 1 to May 15, an electoral bodies’ schedule released today announces.
Elections are scheduled for October 15 of this year and voter registration will take place in districts without municipalities, while the voter rolls in the 53 districts with municipalities – where voters already registered for last year’s October municipal elections – will be updated.
Voter registration abroad, in some African and European countries, will run from April 16 to May 15, the document released by the National Election Commission (CNE) and Technical Secretariat of Electoral Administration (STAE) of Mozambique reveals.
These bodies estimate that the operation will involve the creation of 5,300 teams at some 7,500 registration posts, involving a total of about 16,000 people.
The schedule stipulates that the election campaign runs for 45 days, from August 31 to October 12, although one of the amendments contained in the legislative package approved this week by the government and sent to the parliament for discussion stipulates that campaigning shall end the day before the vote instead of the current three days before.
The schedule also foresees the election count being completed within 15 days of the vote, that is, by October 30, being announced on that day and sent to the Constitutional Council the next day.
National Elections Commission spokesman Paulo Cuinica said yesterday that the Mozambican government has less than half (44%) the money needed to hold Mozambique’s sixth general election, and efforts were under way to source the remaining EUR 113 million from international partners.
In terms of an agreement reached with the opposition, the Mozambican government announced on Tuesday a legislative package of decentralisation which allows for the election of 11 provincial governors on the same October 15 election date.Source: Lusa