Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) on Tuesday rejected an appeal by the main opposition Renamo party against the results of the Oct. 15 general elections. An extraordinary session held in Maputo between Renamo and CNE, called for a vote on Tuesday for a motion to reject the Renamo appeal, resulting in 9 CNE members in favor, 6 against and 2 abstentions, CNE spokesperson, Paulo Cuinica, told reporters after the session. According to Cuinica, Renamo not only appealed against the results of the polls, but also demanded the annulment of the elections.
Renamo, the former rebel movement led by Afonso Dhlakama, had submitted its appeal on Thursday, the very day on which the CNE announced the results.
The second opposition party in the current parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), is also calling for the annulment of the elections in four of the eleven provincial constituencies, such as Maputo city and the provinces of Maputo, Sofala and Tete.