The CNE does not have enough money to prepare the general and provincial elections scheduled for October 15.
Paulo Cuinica, the spokesman for the National Election Committee (CNE), told reporters today in Maputo that the Committee does not have enough money to prepare the general elections. The process will cost 14.6 billion and the CNE has only obtained 44% of this amount. The deficit is jeopardizing the establishment of district election committees.
"The government is currently looking for funds. So far, only 6.5 billion meticals have been disbursed, corresponding to about 44%. This amount falls short of our needs because a large part of the payments and activities must be covered in this first stage," said Paulo Cuinica. "This is a crucial stage in terms of financial needs. Most payments and electoral activities must be carried out in these first months," Cuinica said.
Overall, the CNE needs to establish 156 district/city committees. 53 have already been installed for the 2018 municipal elections. The financial deficit affects the remaining 103 districts without local political representation.
Without funds, the government is asking donors to secure the election process, which is supposed to elect provincial governors for the first time. Until now, they have been appointed by the president. "President Filipe Nyusi has already asked the international community to help cover the deficit," Cuinica said.
Lack of communication strategy
Lack of transparency has been one of the main problems affecting Mozambican electoral bodies. The CNE and local election committees often make decisions without informing the public or the press. Such decisions include changing partial vote counting results and adding or subtracting votes without explaining the reason for such changes.
The CNE is now willing to change this paradigm. The Committee told reporters today that it has held a 'reflection retreat' in January to draw conclusions from the 2018 Municipal Elections. The Committee decided to adopt a communication strategy to improve the flow of information between electoral bodies and the public.
Voter registration from April to May
The CNE has also presented the full election process schedule. Voter registration will take place from April 1 to May 15. This process will be carried out from scratch in districts without local political representation. In the remaining 53 districts, it will be an updating process. In these districts, only individuals without a voter card will be required to register. Abroad, in some African and European countries, the voter registration process will be carried out from scratch between April 16 and May 15. The CNE will create 5,300 brigades in 7,500 voter registration posts, comprising more than 16,000 employees. The CNE did not specify the number of estimated voter registrations.
The 45-day election campaign will run from August 31 to October 12t. The election is scheduled for October 15, and the CNE has promised to announce the first results until October 19, 4 days after the vote.