Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has proposed a $13.3 million budget to cover the cost of holding both the 2018 municipal polls and the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019.The Commission’s spokesperson, Paulo Cuinica told a media briefing in Maputo on Thursday that his body has also proposed a date for the municipal elections but cabinet approval is pending over it.
“What we did today was approve, by consensus, the date which will be submitted to the Council of Ministers today”, he said after the first meeting of the CNE this year.
The electoral law in Mozambique states that the municipal elections must be held by no later than the first fortnight of October next year, and that the cabinet must announce the date at least 18 months in advance.
Cuinica said the CNE approved its plan of activities for the rest of this year that focuses on training staff for the municipal elections, and setting up the provincial and district elections commissions, which must begin within 60 days of the announcement of the election date.
The municipal elections must be preceded by a voter registration exercise whose date can only be announced after the election schedule is confirmed.
The last municipal elections, held in 2013, were a battle between the ruling Frelimo and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), after the leading opposition Renamo boycotted them.