Maputo, 6 Jun (AIM) – Mozambique’s Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE) on Monday began the public display of the voter rolls resulting from the voter registration that ran from 20 April to 3 June.
The electoral rolls will be on display until Thursday, giving registered voters the opportunity to check that their names are on the rolls and have been written correctly. The rolls will be displayed, in all 65 municipalities, in the same places where voters registered.
According to STAE spokesperson Regina Matsinhe, the rolls will be on display from 08.00 to 16.00.
“STAE urges all voters to go to the posts where they registered to consult the voter rolls”, she said. “It is important to check this personal data, so that each voter can check whether his or her name is there or not”.
But by the end of registration on Saturday night, tens of thousands of voters had not yet received their voter card, which they must show when they go to the polling stations to vote in the municipal elections scheduled for 11 October.
The details of these voters should be in the electronic system, but the cards were not printed out at the registration posts, supposedly because the printers broke down, or because there was no electricity.
The civil society coalition observing the registration, “Mais Integridade” (“More Integrity”), has urged the electoral administration bodies to take the opportunity of displaying the voter rolls to also deliver all the remaining voter cards.
“Mais Integridade” warned that failure to deliver the voter cards might call into question the exercise of voting rights. It called on the National Elections Commission (CNE) to identify the brigades that did not issue all the cards of the voters they registered and to create urgently the technical, material and logistical conditions so that the cards can be delivered to their rightful owners, during this period when the voter rolls are on display.
There were 3,192 registration brigades covering 4.292 fixed and mobile registration posts.