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Mozambique readies for Wednesday’s municipal polls

The general director of Mozambique’s Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE), Felisberto Naife, has said the country is ready for Wednesday’s municipal elections in the 53 Mozambican municipalities.Naife told a media briefing in Maputo on Tuesday that STAE is now hiring 38,203 people as polling station monitors (MMVs), whose training was completed last Friday.
“There are 5,459 polling stations, and each should have seven MMVs. Of these, four are recruited by STAE, and three appointed by the political parties represented in parliament – the ruling Frelimo Party, the main opposition parties of Renamo, and the Mozambique Democratic Movement MDM”, Naife said.
More than 3 million registered are expected to cast their vote as Mozambique holds local elections Wednesday in a poll that could test progress in the country’s peace talks after the ruling Frelimo party was accused of violence and intimidation during the campaign.

The main opposition Renamo party, which has maintained an armed wing since the end of the country’s civil war, is running in the municipal polls for the first time in 10 years.
Renamo fought a brutal 16-year civil war against the Marxist-inspired Frelimo government that devastated the economy and left one million people dead. When the war ended in 1992, the group soon began participating in elections.

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