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Date:26 Nov 2013
Mozambique: Opposition contest results in 10 municipalities

The opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) is protesting against the preliminary results from last Wednesday’s municipal elections in 10 of the 53 municipalities.MDM national spokesperson Sande Carmona is quoted  saying that the numbers announced are unreal and that there were serious irregularities on polling day. The municipalities where the MDM is contesting the results are Maputo, Matola, Beira, Quelimane, Chimoio, Gorongosa, Marromeu, Mocuba, Gurue and Milange.

Strangely enough, this list does not include the two municipalities where clear evidence of fraud has come to light – Angoche and Mozambique Island, both on the coast of the northern province of Nampula. Although the MDM won overwhelming victories in both Beira and Quelimane, it is contesting the results, because it believes its margin of victory should have been even larger.

Carmona found it odd that in Beira, the Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE) lost the results sheets from 11 polling stations, and they asked to borrow the MDM’s copies of the results sheets, given to MDM monitors at the stations. But this is the correct procedure and the electoral law clearly states that, in the event of the loss or theft of results sheets, the copies held by the political parties are sufficient evidence of the results in those polling stations.

The real oddity is that STAE has not followed the same procedure in Quelimane, where a much larger number of results sheets disappeared. The MDM in Quelimane says it has copies of all the missing sheets, but STAE has declined to use them. In Chimoio, Gorongosa, Mocuba, Milange and Gurue, the MDM says that the parallel count from its own polling station monitors indicate that it won.  For Maputo and Matola, where the MDM made a very strong showing in what are traditionally Frelimo strongholds, the party believes the official results understate its true numbers.

Source: The Zimbabwean

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