“The historic Peace and Reconciliation Agreement signed in Maputo on 6 August was an inspiration to the outside world: the electoral process which has followed is a real test of the readiness of Mozambique’s political actors and institutions to maintain and protect the freedoms and rights which will help to bring the benefits of the peace to citizens’ says the text of the statement of the spokesperson of the the European External Actions Service on General and provincial elections in Mozambique.
“The elections demonstrated clearly the democratic aspirations of Mozambicans, despite the challenges of the polarised environment. At the same time, amongst the first findings of the EU Election Observation Mission are that the election campaign was marked by violence, including attacks and intimidation, and by limitations on freedom of assembly and civil society observation activities. The Mission will stay on the ground until the electoral process is completed before issuing its final report” says the text of the Statement by the Spokesperson on the General and Provincial elections in Mozambique
“Looking ahead, the EU expects stakeholders to channel any electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the relevant electoral laws. Election authorities should ensure a transparent process of tabulation and the judicial authorities should effectively address possible complaints and appeals.
“The European Union is ready to work closely together with the elected government on implementing political and economic reforms, and to support the peace agreement and post-cyclone reconstruction”.
Meanwhile local observers, presenting non-profit NGO, reported around 300 000 *ghost voters” only in the south province of Gaza, where the names of the registered voters could not be traced to any identities of real people.
Former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the Commonwealth’s observer mission “remained concerned about the impact” of the suspected ghost voters on the election.
“Decisive elections in Mozambique. North-South differences persist. New factors: gas perspectives make the country a new scenario for the “Great Game” (USA-Russia-China). Violent movements in the north” wrote in his Twitter micro blog MEP José Manuel García-Margallo, leading EU observation mission to Mozambique.
The results of the elections has not been announced yet, however they are expected to put to test the fragile peace deal between the ruling Frelimo Party and its civil war enemy, turned opposition rival Renamo.
The European Union observation mission reported unfair conditions, and unjustified use of state resources by the ruling party, the elections were also plagued by widespread violence.