The Mozambican police have urged the citizens to immediately leave the polling stations after they cast their ballots as the electoral law dictates.
The matter required additional explanations from the law-enforcement services after Manuel de Araujo, the mayor of Quelimane, claimed the Renamo members should stay on the polling station premises until the elections end in order to control its implementation and prevent any possible violations.
However, General Commander of the Mozambican police Bernadino Rafael noted such actions were illegal as the electoral law strongly forbade the residents from staying inside the posts. “People of ill faith”, he says, can always hold a protest outside if they disagree with the election course and/or its results.
“Nobody is authorised to stay in the polling stations after voting, because it is illegal,” the officer emphasised.
Araujo has since changed his position stating that the Renamo party supporters should stay 300 metres away from the stations.