TRAINING OF POLLING OFFICERS NEARS COMPLETION AHEAD OF OCT 10 MOZAMBICAN POLLS

MAPUTO– The Mozambican Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE) will complete by this week the training of 43,300 candidates who will serve as polling station staff (MMVs) for local government elections scheduled for Oct 10, says STAE Director-General Felisberto Naife.

He told a media conference here Monday that there would be a total of 5,459 polling stations in the 53 municipalities are to be held. Each polling station will be manned by seven members of STAE staff — four hired by the STAE and the other three are appointed by the political parties represented in parliament — the ruling Frelimo Party, Renamo and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM).

Naife said the three parties had been alerted in late May about the number of MMVs they would need to recruit. STAE suggested they should recruit an extra ten per cent, so that they could cope with people dropping out. Naife was optimistic that the parties would rise to the occasion better this time than in 2014.

The ballot papers and all the other election material are being produced in South Africa. Naife said the materials are now reaching and by Saturday they will be in the provincial capitals. From there they will be taken to the municipalities in time for the voting on Oct 10.

The voter rolls for all the polling stations have been produced, and copies given to all the competing political parties, as required by law. Naife said there will also be a platform on the STAE website through which voters can identify their polling stations.

He dismissed claims of tampering with the ballot papers so that votes for opposition parties would somehow disappear. This claim was first made by Renamo election agent Andre Majibire, and then repeated at the weekend by the MDM mayoral candidate in Nampula, Fernando Bismarque.

Naife pointed out that members of STAE and of the National Elections Commission (CNE), appointed by the political parties, supervise the production in South Africa of the election materials. No material is produced without the signed consent of these STAE and CNE members. The material is inspected again before it is transported from South Africa to Mozambique.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

TRAINING OF POLLING OFFICERS NEARS COMPLETION AHEAD OF OCT 10 MOZAMBICAN POLLS

MAPUTO– The Mozambican Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE) will complete by this week the training of 43,300 candidates who will serve as polling station staff (MMVs) for local government elections scheduled for Oct 10, says STAE Director-General Felisberto Naife.

He told a media conference here Monday that there would be a total of 5,459 polling stations in the 53 municipalities are to be held. Each polling station will be manned by seven members of STAE staff — four hired by the STAE and the other three are appointed by the political parties represented in parliament — the ruling Frelimo Party, Renamo and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM).

Naife said the three parties had been alerted in late May about the number of MMVs they would need to recruit. STAE suggested they should recruit an extra ten per cent, so that they could cope with people dropping out. Naife was optimistic that the parties would rise to the occasion better this time than in 2014.

The ballot papers and all the other election material are being produced in South Africa. Naife said the materials are now reaching and by Saturday they will be in the provincial capitals. From there they will be taken to the municipalities in time for the voting on Oct 10.

The voter rolls for all the polling stations have been produced, and copies given to all the competing political parties, as required by law. Naife said there will also be a platform on the STAE website through which voters can identify their polling stations.

He dismissed claims of tampering with the ballot papers so that votes for opposition parties would somehow disappear. This claim was first made by Renamo election agent Andre Majibire, and then repeated at the weekend by the MDM mayoral candidate in Nampula, Fernando Bismarque.

Naife pointed out that members of STAE and of the National Elections Commission (CNE), appointed by the political parties, supervise the production in South Africa of the election materials. No material is produced without the signed consent of these STAE and CNE members. The material is inspected again before it is transported from South Africa to Mozambique.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK