Finance and Economy Minister, Adriano Maleiane, has said the country’s sixth general elections in 2019 will cost around US$245 million, which is nearly double what was spent in 2014.
Mozambique will hold presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections on October 15 next year, setting the date for a vote that will precede the southern African country’s emergence as a major gas exporter.
According to state-controlled Radio Mozambique, Maleiane said the holding of the general elections will put pressure on the 2019 state budget, but added that public spending was under control.
“We are talking of holding next year’s sixth general elections in Mozambique that will cost around $245 million and some of the money needed is guaranteed, but the other part still remains to be guaranteed. But it will have to be raised because the country has a tradition of meeting the deadlines for holding elections,” he reportedly told the state broadcaster on Friday.