Mozambique poll was free, fair — Makarau

HARARE - A regional election observer mission headed by Zimbabwe has declared Mozambique’s general elections generally “free, fair, and credible.”

Rita Makarau, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson who led the 29-member Electoral Commission Forum of Sadc countries (ECF-Sadc)  observer mission, gave a positive assessment of the presidential and legislative elections held last Wednesday as the main opposition party Renamo denounced alleged fraud and intimidation at the polls in the former Portuguese colony.

The ruling Frelimo party’s candidate, Filipe Nyusi, led by 62 percent of the votes, while the opposition party Renamo has just under a third of the votes counted and the Mozambique Democratic Movement has just over 10 percent.

“We  endorsed the outcome  of  elections results as free and fair,” Makarau told the Daily News yesterday.

An ECF- Sadc preliminary report said: “The ECF–Sadc Mission commends the National Electoral Commission (CNE) of Mozambique for successfully organising 2014 tripartite elections. CNE demonstrated professionalism and independence for which they should be highly commended.

“The mission highly commends the people of Mozambique, CNE, all political parties and candidates for a free, fair, credible and peaceful process in which all stakeholders participated freely,” said the report, signed by Makarau. 

Makarau confirmed they  had received complaints from Renamo that one ballot box in a province was not counted and could have been tampered with.

“We have left the matter to the local body of NEC to deal with the issue as there are allegations from Renamo that some ballot boxes were stuffed,” she said. “We encouraged Renamo to approach the Constitutional Court and if valid, the results of the province be quarantined.”

Comments (22)

I am sorry but I do NOT think that Makarau or anyone from ZEC is qualified to monitor anyone's elections. ZEC has presided over rigged and stolen elections in Zimbabwe and where is the electronic voter roll. Them observing in Moz is a sick joke.

NBS - 21 October 2014

Sure my brother we Africans are now are disgrace in view of premeditated electoral frauds.In Mozambique there we found a lot of ballot papers already with a vote on Frelimo candidate,they delayed to open the polling stations in the stronghold of the opposition like in Sofala,Zambezia and Nampula province and many potential voters didnt vote.In some sporadic incidents the STAE officials were implicated in rigging as some were found transporting ballot boxes with votes already to some areas.Our liberations movements have are now a disgrace and disgraced us.There are desperate to stay in power at all costs,hence,such traitorous maneuvres to control election outcome in their favour.Anybody who has ever visited Mozambique like Zimbabwe is aware that people are no longer for these two inseparable twins,tag team Zanupf and Frelimo.though it pains me a lot to admitt as a full-blooded Zanu pf member.Our corrupt leaders have taken us to the trenches

carson Macate - 21 October 2014

Kusatonyarawo kucommenta nezveelection yevamwe. Ndanyara fani Rita. You were not supposed to be anywhere near that election, let alone lead a regional observation team

Tatenda - 21 October 2014

useless SADC!! A bunch of fools rule this region. Lawlessness in all their electoral processes

Garikayi - 21 October 2014

But SADC is lead by people without brains real. Zimbabwe was in this dilemma last year, of whether their elections were free and fare. And now SADC ask the same people whose election outcome was contested. Makarau or anyone from ZEC is surely not the right person to say anything about other people's elections. Their hands are dirty.

SADC - 21 October 2014

Surely with a bit of conscience, justice Makarau should not have gone to monitor or observe the Mozambican elections with results in favour of the ruling party already in her mind.Justice Makarau did a most disgraceful thing in Zimbabwe 's elections in 2013.Her best bet would be to resign from ZEC altogether.

FRAUD - 21 October 2014

What does Makarau know about free and fair elections? She must just keep her ugly mouth shut on such issues.

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werr - 21 October 2014

is there free and fair elections. congratulations to the mozambiqueian citizens for holding peaceful and free and fair elections. may zimbabweans copy the same.

freeadfair - 21 October 2014

I do agree with you NBS that Rita Makarau or any one from the so called ZEC is not qualified to monitor some other peoples' elections, their conduct in terms of election monitoring leaves a lot to be desired. She and Zec know nothing about election monitoring one day they will answer all this before the almighty God

Nyamhangambiri - 21 October 2014

Those who think Makarau shouldn't have observed the Moza elections are openly betraying themselves as embittered MDC-T supporters/sympathisers!! She was there to OBSERVE and NOT to CONDUCT the election, and there is a very vast difference between the two!! Do you REALLY & SERIOUSLY think that Morgiza won the 2013 elections??!! Do you REALLY & SERIOUSLY think that Renamo COULD win the elections in Moza??!! Come on, LET'S GET REAL!! By the way, are you also aware that in the USA -yes, that land often touted as the home of liberty & democracy- during the 2012 polls they actually prevennted an NGO from the EU from observing their election??!! The Yankees were breathing fire....if the NGO's observers were to get to within 60 metres of any polling station, they would be promptly arrested!!

ZVOKWADI - 21 October 2014

Elections come and go. Needed is delivery.

liberty shungu - 22 October 2014

whatever, Makarau is a cheat and cant give credible judgement over other cpountries' elections when at home all she know is cheat!

Bob - 22 October 2014

Zvokwadi its not about MDC or what, Makarau is a cheat and you cannot ask an armed robber to guard a bank. where is the Zimbabwe voter's roll, richabuda gore ripi in this world of ICT? Dai akangonyarara hake. She is a shame even to her own conscience.

maita - 22 October 2014

A tried and convicted felony can never one day be expected to sit on the bench of Judiciaries presiding over other criminals' cases. Such is the scenario we have here with ZEC and FRELIMO. Whether the elections were free and fair or not, we need not be hearing that from the likes of this Makarau whose credentials have already been tainted when she was in charge of the sham elections in her own country by refusing to release the electronic voters' roll through to the conduct of the elections and finally announcing disputed results.

Dr Know - 22 October 2014

hahaha do u think panechaibuda Makarau leader

johanne - 22 October 2014

hahaha do u think panechaibuda Makarau leader

johanne - 22 October 2014

urozvi husina dzimwe tambo hunonetsa kushandisa sehwa Rita. muzimbabwe maresults akarambwa nawo nanhasi hatimazivi!!! munomboita seiko vana Rita? nxaa kusanyara!!

yogie - 22 October 2014

was there a voters roll madam in moza

oooto - 22 October 2014

I stayed in Mozambique for seven years and participated in two elections, one presidential and the other a local gvt one. Their elections are generally peaceful. Their ballot boxes are transparent. You can see all the ballots inside the box. The only problem is with the ballots that are cast in rural areas where they have to be transported to a counting centre for counting. Reports of these votes being tempered with have surfaced. Despite this, Frelimo still has a greater chunk on its side. They are still providing basics to the population and Mozaqmbique is one of the top eight fastest growing economies. Which means, rigging might be there but there is still a bigger chunk that still loves Frelimo. Another factor is that Mozambican politics is divided along regional lines. The South < which is home to most of Frelimo'sd heavyweights is not divided. The South, mostly dominated by the opposition, is home to both leaders of Renamo and MMD( former comrades). This means the opposition is divided. This ultimately leaves Frelimo with an advantage over the two opposition parties. Development is also along regional lines. The South is the most economically developed while the North is mostly underdeveloped. The people from the South then do not see anything wrong in the current leadership. In Beira, Nampula, Quelimane, Niassa, Tete and Chmoio ( Nortern Cities) one finds that most of those in high office positions arefrom Inhambanne, Maputo, Matola, Vilanculos or Gaza ( Southern cities). Hence Frelimo is always above.

Dziva - 22 October 2014

Shut up u cant, u fucked up our country, you thin mosquito

zvakare - 23 October 2014

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