Mozambique’s National Election Commission (CNE) met in the capital Maputo to strategise on guidelines for the process leading to the fifth municipal elections scheduled for October 2018, APA can report on Thursday.CNE chairperson Abdul Carimo said the one-day meeting seeks to define the strategies and methodologies that will help improve the institution’s performance during the process leading to the elections on 10 October next year.
“To that end, we propose to evaluate the calendar of the 2018 election, schedule of activities, operational plan, public announcement of candidates for a member of the provincial election commission and notification to political parties for the constitution of the organs to the CNE,” the CNE boss told journalists on Thursday.
Carimo defended the need to create a space that would allow stakeholders to reach a consensus in all phases of this process, which will culminate with the October elections, based on compliance with the law.
“That is why it is important to improve our performance at all levels and, depending on the experience we accumulate, we must avoid mistakes of the past, making us increasingly professional, exemplary and inclusive,” he said.
The date of the municipal elections was announced by the Ministerial Council, after CNE had submitted its proposal in mid-March this year.
The CNE is expected to spend about US$13 million for the next electoral cycle, which includes the municipal elections, as well as the general ones scheduled for 2019.