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25 Oct 2019 | 02:35 PM UTC

Mozambique: General election results to be announced on October 30 /update 2

Mozambique News Alert

Electoral commission to announce election results on October 30; associated protests and disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/25/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Maputo). COUNTRY/REGION Mozambique

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Event

The Electoral Commission (CNE) stated on Wednesday, October 23, that the general election results will be announced on Wednesday, October 30. On Friday, October 18, partial results have shown a dominant victory for the ruling Frelimo party.

The results come amid allegations of widespread ballot fraud and could spark violent protests. The main opposition party, Renamo, stated on Monday, October 21, that it would not accept the election outcome as is.

Political demonstrations and rallies are possible throughout the country in the days following the results. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected

Context

The October 15 general elections allowed citizen to vote for provincial governors for the first time, as set in the Maputo Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed between Renamo and Frelimo leaders on August 6. The agreement formally ended months of fighting between Renamo rebels and the Defense and Security Forces. Despite this peace agreement, the electoral campaign was one of the most violent in Mozambique's history, killing at least 10 people and triggering a recrudescence of tensions between the two frontrunners.

Advice

Individuals in Mozambique are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid any protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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