10 April 2014

Mozambique: Opposition Denounces Issuance of Fake Voter Cards Ahead of Poll

Mozambique National Resistance, Renamo, in Nampula convened a press conference on 10 April to denounce cases of irregularities which took place in the registration stations in Angoche district, where Renamo officers apprehended a voter card with a fake stamp and without a digital mark, as well as the swopping of names, and Renamo believes that these actions form part of preparations for fraud in the 15 October elections.

Benjamim Cortes, the Renamo provincial delegate in Nampula, believes that the same irregularities could be taking place in other districts in the province. There are brigades that are operating in places not set out in the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration maps.

For example, "the brigade that should work at the Primeiro Grau de Muthithicoma primary school in Larde district, was transferred to the!

Frelimo local secretary's house. Continuing this way, then the process is obviously fraudulent. And the citizens that will present false documents without electoral legitimacy will be able to vote."

Faced with this situation, the National Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Carimo, who ended his working visit to Nampula on 10 April, said that he is not aware of these cases because they were not presented to the electoral bodies so that correct measures could be taken against the officers involved.

Meanwhile, Carimo said that he was pleased with the increase in number of registered voters. He emphasized that the contingency measures that were applied in this part of the country is showing results. "Currently, our main challenge is running against time as we need to achieve the targets within the timeframe that is left (20 days)."

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