The general election held in Mozambique this Tuesday received good reviews from the SADC observer mission which described the event as overall peaceful and consistent.
According to the mission chairperson, Defence and War Veterans Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, the local electoral commission has fully adhered to both the international standards and the local laws while conducting its work.
“The Mission observed that the 15 October, 2019 elections in Mozambique were held in line with the revised SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections (2015),” she said. “The Mission also observed that CNE (National Electoral Commission) generally discharged its mandate in terms of the Constitution and Electoral Law of Mozambique including conducting the training of polling officers, police, judges, and journalists.”
Muchinguri-Kashiri also noted that the violence-related incidents did occur in several parts of the state, including Gondola, Gorongosa, Manhiça, and Xai-Xai districts.
The SADC region also commended the efforts to bring peace in the country and stop the conflict between the ruling Frelimo and the opposition Renamo parties. This, in particular, applies to the historic peace treaty signed by the leaders of two fronts in August this year.