Thirty political parties, three coalitions, and two independent citizens' groups, have registered with Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE), expressing their interest in participating in the presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections scheduled for 15 October.
The CNE has approved 27 of them, and is analysing the paper work of the eight who registered on 18 May, the final day for registration.
All three parliamentary parties - the ruling Frelimo Party, Renamo and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) - have registered and have been accepted. They intended to contest all the elections in all constituencies.
Although 35 parties have registered with the CNE, there is no guarantee that they will all stand. They must now submit provincial lists of candidates to the CNE. Each candidate must provide an authenticated copy of his identity card, or birth certificate, an authenticated copy of his voter card, to prove that he is a registered voter, a criminal record certificate, and declarations accepting nomination
For the parliamentary election, each provincial list must contain enough candidates to fill all the seats allocated to that province, plus at least three supplementary candidates. This means that any party intending to stand in all constituencies must present lists containing at least 289 names.
It may seem puzzling that so many tiny parties with no chance of winning seats are prepared to try again. The reason is financial - the Mozambican state provides money for election campaigns, and any party whose candidates are accepted by the CNE is entitled to a share of that money.
Parties have until 21 July to submit candidates to CNE.