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Mozambique’s Renamo officials boycott tabulation of votes, alleging poll irregularities

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According to reports on Friday, 18 October 2019, Mozambique’s opposition Renamo party said its officials are boycotting the tabulation of votes in all districts of the country, alleging poll irregularities.

Renamo said it has ordered its agents not to participate in any way in the tabulation and vote-counting exercise following Tuesday, 15 October 2019’s general elections.

The party is yet to catalogue cases of poll irregularities and state its position on the outcome of the elections.

European Union and the Commonwealth poll observers have criticised the process in the lead up to the elections as an unlevelled playing field.

Meanwhile, the incumbent president Filipe Nyusi and his ruling Frelimo are poised for a landslide victory if results from the country’s electoral commission are anything to go by.

According to the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), Nyusi has established what it called an unassailable lead following the completion of vote counting in the three decisivie provinces of Gaza, Inhambane and Sofala.

The results show that Nyusi had won at least 70 percent of the vote in the three provinces compared to his main opposition rival Ossufo Momade of Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) who is projected to have won just 21 percent of the valid ballots cast.

The leader of the smaller Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), Daviz Simango, was a distant third at seven percent while little-known Mario Albino of the Action Party of the United Movement for Integral Salvation (AMUSI) polled less than one percent of the vote.

Regarding parliamentary elections, Nyusi’s ruling FRELIMO has also taken a commanding lead in most provinces and looks set to choose the bulk of the provincial governors, including in Momade’s home province of Nampula.

The result is unclear in another poll battleground, Zambezia province, where vote counting was still in progress as of late Thursday, 17 October 2019.

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