Mozambique's main opposition Renamo
party says it will challenge official results of the October 28 general vote on
The evidence will try to
refute the National Elections Commission (CNE), which declared President
Armando Guebuza winner of the election.
|President Armando Guebuza casts his ballot for presidential, parliamentary, provincial assembly elections in Maputo, 28 Oct 2009|
Joao da Costa,
chairman of CNE said incumbent Guebuza won the presidential vote with 75.46
percent, followed by the Renamo opposition candidate Afonso Dhlakama.
Simango of the newly formed Mozambique Democratic
Movement finished a distant third.
But RENAMO rejected the
results, claiming agents of the ruling Frelimo party stuffed ballot boxes - - a
charge Frelimo denies.
Leading Renamo member
Joaquim Marungo says his party will present evidence of the alleged rigging and
seek that the results of the vote be annulled.
we had were no elections because Frelimo is actually a player and a referee at
the same time. In our electoral law which was passed in 2007, actually, we were
excluded from all major decision bodies like the CNE," Marungo said.
|Mozambique's opposition leader, Afonso Dhlakama, speaks to journalists after he casted his ballot in Da Polana's secondary school polling station in Maputo, 28 Oct 2009|
He rejected the electoral
body's verdict that the poll was credible.
"What the CNE is saying is
what Frelimo tells them to say. But what the international community didn't
know is that those polling station agents were actually recruited to stuff the
ballot boxes. If that was not the case, why did they arrest most of our polling
station watchers? That is exactly to create the opportunity for them to do the
stuffing," he said.
Marungo expressed worry that
the electoral body will not fully address his party's concerns.
Nice, director general of the technical secretariat of the CNE, dismissed the
opposition rigging claims and insists that the election was
|A municipal employee, flanked by other workers, signs a documents during the fourth Mozambican general elections in Maputo, 28 Oct 2009|
"It is quite difficult to
accept this kind of declaration because all the processes were
followed …so the process was very, very transparent and everybody was able to
see what was happening," Nice said.
In the legislative vote,
Frelimo also won by a landslide, capturing 191 out of the 250 parliamentary
Political observers say the
landslide parliamentary victory enables the ruling party to change the
constitution, which they say is a significant boost for Frelimo policymaking
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