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Int’l community pledges support for Mozambican polls

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The United States Ambassador to Maputo, Dean Pittman has announced that the international community will support the electoral process in Mozambique.Since multi party democracy was introduced in 1992 at the end of a 16-year civil war Mozambique will hold its seventh general elections in 2019.

Municipal elections have been slated for October 10, 2018.

“We are practically available to assist the process and work with the National Elections Commission (CNE) and with the other members of the international community to ensure that this process is indeed transparent and fair,” Pittman is quoted as saying by state Radio Mozambique on Thursday.

The diplomat made the announcement in Maputo during a meeting between members of the National Election Commission (CNE) and diplomats accredited in Mozambique, in the context of preparations for the next round of elections.

The European Union has expressed its readiness to support the upcoming local and legislative elections in the country, even though the National Elections Commission has not yet requested budget support for the $150 million needed.

The EU ambassador to Mozambique Sven Burgsdorff says the bloc will continue to support Mozambique in its drive to deepen democracy and the rule of law.

In a brief retrospective on the activities carried out so far, as part of preparations for the elections, CNE Chairman Abdul Carimo said the installation of the support organs at the provincial, district and city level where the local elections will take place will be completed, followed by the movement of the CNE members to the provinces to train them in matters of electoral legislation.

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