Mozambique Elections: SADC Defence chairman Mnangagwa issues statement…As Renamo demands rerun


President Mnangagwa in his capacity as the Sadc Chairperson on the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation has called on Mozambicans to remain calm while results for their recently held elections are being compiled and validated.

The President said this in a statement today following the 2019 Presidential, Legislative and Provincial Elections held in Mozambique on October 15.

Renamo rebels

“Sadc reiterates its call to stakeholders to remain calm while the results continue to be compiled for the final validation and proclamation by the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Mozambique,” President Mnangagwa said.

This comes amid reports that Mozambique’s main opposition party on Saturday called for the election to be annulled, accusing the government of breaching a peace deal by using violence and intimidation on voting day.

Partial results from Tuesday’s election show President Filipe Nyusi and his ruling Frelimo party headed for a major victory but the poll was marred by claims of fraud and irregularities.

Renamo accused Frelimo of violating a “cessation of hostilities agreement” under the August peace deal which states no party should “commit acts of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political objectives”.

The party said some of its delegates were arrested after they caught poll organisers handing out more than one Frelimo ballot paper to voters.

“There were arbitrary arrests of agents … and voters who tried to complain about anything, ballot box stuffing, being unable to exercise the right to vote,” Renamo said in a statement.

It called for a cancellation of the vote and asked for “new elections that must be supervised by reputable entities”.

Nyusi government officials were not immediately available for comment.

— Herald/Agencies

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