MOZAMBIQUE’S PRESIDENT FILIPE NYUSI ANNOUNCS DATE FOR NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

MAPUTO– Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has fixed Oct 15, 2019 as the date for the next presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections.

According to a statement issued by the president’s office Wednesday, this is the date proposed by the National Elections Commission (CNE). Nyusi announced the date after consulting with the Council of State, a body which advises the President.

The Constitution gives the President the power to set the date for general elections, but the Electoral Law gives him very little room for manoeuvre. The law states that the elections, held every five years, must take place on a date in the first fortnight of October.

The date must be announced at least 18 months in advance. Thus, Nyusi made the announcement with just five days to spare.

The three elections will be held simultaneously, on the same day, throughout the country, and in those nine countries abroad where Mozambican emigrants have the right to vote for the President and for parliamentary representatives.

The country is currently preparing for nationwide municipal elections, which will be held on Oct 10, this year.

Voter registration began on March 19 and will last until May 17. The voter cards issued for the municipal elections will also be valid for the general election. A further registration period will be held in 2019.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK