Sadc must probe Mozambique polls

HARARE - A regional election observer mission headed by Zimbabwe has declared Mozambique’s general elections generally “free, fair, and credible” yet  the main opposition group Renamo on Friday rejected as fraudulent, results showing the ruling Frelimo party had won the national elections.

According to Renamo, the vote was filled with so many irregularities that it has called for the annulment of the results. Renamo says the numbers do not add up, ineligible voters were allowed to cast ballots, some voters gained eligibility through dubious, though apparently legal, means.

Poll workers described one voting location on election day as “chaotic.” Supporters of the poll allege Frelimo stuffed ballot boxes.

While Rita Makarau, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) 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, the opposition claims the process was compromised, and authorities have a duty to correct the injustice.

While Makarau has urged Renamo to approach the Constitutional Court to seek redress through a lawsuit disputing the results, an investigation must be opened.

Let us be clear — we have no opinion on whether the poll was free or fair or qualms with Frelimo’s crushing victory. That is for the voters of Mozambique to decide.

The problem is that some who cast ballots were not eligible to vote in elections, this according to Renamo, and the National Electoral Commission (Nec) must probe these concerns without fear or favour.

The focus of the attention should be in the precinct where ballot boxes were allegedly not counted.

Renamo describe the scene on Election Day as “chaotic,” a situation that should not be allowed to occur in southern Africa. We are tired of disputed polls. 

Alleged ballot tampering, according to Renamo, added to the mess. The votes cast by those involved in the transactions must not carry any whiff of ballot-stuffing.

The Nec will not confirm or deny that an official investigation has been launched, but it is heartening to know that observer missions are urging authorities to at least look into the matter.

The integrity of elections in southern Africa lies at the heart of the democratic process and this is why we call for Sadc intervention.

The people must be confident that a vote is carried out in a fair and orderly manner.

The vote which returned Frelimo to power is so questionable that Mozambique citizens, regardless of their opinion of balloting, should be alarmed.

Only a thorough investigation by Sadc can determine whether this vote is legitimate. The people of Mozambique must be assured that any election concerning the future of their country reflects the genuine will of the people.

Comments (3)

Why waste resources Renamo killed innocent civilians and deserves even less votes than they got.

Aluta Continua - 21 October 2014

THIS IS A COMPLETELY USELESS ARTICLE!!...pretending to present an objective look at the Moza polls yet it's regurgitating all the Renamo allegations!! Doesn't it ring a bell that when casting his vote, Dhlakama claimed that the 2014 elections were free & democratic unlike previous ones which had been "fraudulent", but when the results were announced, he did an about-turn and started chronicling a whole catalogue of faults about the election??!! Those with good memories will recall that Chematama performed the same antics upon dismally losing the 2013 polls!! PEOPLE MUST DISABUSE THEMSELVES OF THE NOTION THAT THERE WILL EVER BE "PERFECT" ELECTIONS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!...in the USA, often touted as the home of liberty & democracy, did the electoral battle between Bush and Al Gore not end at the supreme court??!! In the 2012 polls didn't the Yankees actually bar, at the pain of arrest, an NGO from the EU from observing the elections??!!

ZVOKWADI - 24 October 2014

WAT DU U XPCT FROM rita?????

bvondo - 24 October 2014

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