The official campaign opened Sunday for the 15 October elections for President, national parliament, and provincial assemblies with marches, rallies, speeches and vast number of posters. More than 100 of our journalists reported that the start of the campaign was largely calm and orderly.
The three main parties, Frelimo, Renamo and MDM opened their campaigns across the country. There were only a few reports of places where the two opposition parties had not started campaigning.
There were some reports of activity violating the electoral law, notably use of government vehicles, vandalising opposition posters, and pasting posters on top of ones from other parties.
EU and Carter Centre to observe election
After originally refusing, the European Union (EU) will observe the 15 October elections, with some of the European embassies in Maputo paying part of the bill and supplying some observers. The Carter Centre (from the United States) is also expected to send observers, as are SADC, the African Union, and the Commonwealth.
Officials in Brussels originally said that budget cuts meant that they could not afford to fund an observation mission, a decision which was encouraged because some in the EU mission in Maputo were not enthusiastic about election observation.
But EU member embassies in Maputo, particularly from northern Europe, were angry about the decision and agreed to pay the bill. On 19 August, the EU announced the observation would go ahead.