Attorneys for Mozambique’s main opposition RENAMO party are gathering evidence to launch a legal challenge of the credibility of the recently concluded presidential and parliamentary elections, citing “overwhelming” instances of voter irregularities, says Eduardo Namburete, the opposition party’s external affairs head. The electoral commission has been announcing provisional results of the general election. But RENAMO will challenge the results of the poll after the electoral body announces the final outcome, according to Namburete.
The election observer mission from the Southern African Development Community declared the elections to be free, fair, transparent, credible and peaceful. But, RENAMO expressed concern the credibility of the vote was undermined by voter suppression, intimidation of its partisans, and instances of voter suppression.
“We concluded the elections were marred with irregularities; from ballot stuffing, from denial of our polling agents to playing their role at the polling stations, from denial of voters where we have enjoyed strong support from casting their vote, from the interference of the police at the polling stations, [to] destruction of ballot boxes,” said Namburete.