AFRICA Politics

Mozambique Prepares For Elections.

Mozambique

Mozambique is a southern Africa nation whose long India Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. After much campaign and conflicts between the parties approved for the presidential elections in Mozambique.

Finally, the day to decide who runs the nation is here. Eligible citizens are prepared to exercise their political franchise in different parts of the constituency.  The final campaign/rallies took place two days ago in anticipation of today’s Tuesday election.

General elections hold today October 15, 2019, in Mozambique. This would be the sixth vote since the civil war ended in 1992.

The Presidents of Mozambique are elected using the two-round system.

Highlights of The Presidential Candidates:    

Ossufo Momade is RENAMO party leader and presidential candidate. RENAMO is the main opposition party. Ossufo was made the intern head of the party in 2018 after the death of Afon Dhlakama. He formally became the leader of the head of the party in 2019.

FRELIMO the ruling party is in support of Filipe Nyussi re-election for a second tenure. He is serving as the fourth President of Mozambique, in office since 2015. He had served as Minister of Defence from 2008 to 2014. He was a candidate for FRELIMO, in the 2014 presidential elections.

Daviz Samingo is the presidential candidate for the Democratic Movement of Mozambique.  Samingo had been chosen as a presidential candidate by his party since two previous general elections.

He has been Mayor of Maputo since 2008 and was re-elected in 2013. He was once the governor of Niassa Province from 2000 to 2005 and also the Minister of Youth and Sports from 2005 to 2008.

Mario Albino is AMUSI party, presidential candidate.  He is the leader of the party. He ran for Mayor of Nampula in 2008 but only received 4.2 of the vote.

The Constitutional Council of Mozambique on 31 July approved Ossufo Momade, Filipe Nyussi, Daviz Samingo, and Mario Albino. They were the four approved presidential candidates.

Steps Taken To Ensure Peace In Mozambique:

Mozambique provincial election is seen as a test of a recent peace deal between the ruling party and the armed opposition group.

President Filipe Nyussi and Ossufo Momade, leader of the opposition group turned opposition party Renamo, signed a peace deal that put an end to the recent intermittent civil conflict dating back to four decades. This was a step enabling general elections to go ahead as planned on October 15.

Mozambique’s population is nearly over 30million people. Nearly 13 million voters are registered in the southern African nation. Although some observers warn that insecurity might keep some from voting.

Vote counting will start after polls close at 6 pm local time (16:00 GMT) and is expected to continue through the night. Preliminary results are expected on Wednesday 16th.

After much campaign and conflicts between the parties approved for the presidential elections in Mozambique. The day has finally come for eligible citizens to exercise their political franchise in different parts of the constituency.  The final campaign rallies took place two days ago in anticipation of today’s Tuesday election.

Security In Mozambique:

Security officials have been re-enforced to ensure peaceful voting exercise in the country because insecurity poses a growing threat.

Northernmost Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique has been faced with attacks that have taken the lives of over 400 people.

The electoral authorities said they can not guarantee safety from attacks by shadowy Islamic extremists so, at least 10 polling centers were not open which means some 5,400 people are not able to vote.

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