Mozambique: Renamo Takes the Capital

Renamo has won by landslides in both the capital city Maputo and its neighbour Matola, the largest city in Mozambique, according to parallel counts. But the district elections commissions in both Matola and Maputo have announced that Frelimo has won. Courts in both cities have demanded recounts. By Thursday (26 October) the National Elections Commission must announce results in all 65 municipalities, and submit those results to the Constitutional Council. which will have to adjudicate on the huge gaps between official results and parallel counts.

Counting is done in the polling station and after the count the presiding officer writes a results sheet (edital), which must be posted on the polling station door. Stamped and signed copies must also be given to party representatives present. These are used for parallel counts. An issue in many places this year was that presiding officers, under instructions from Frelimo, refused to sign editais where Frelimo lost, or delayed until early the next morning. Thus some editais given to parties are not signed.

Parallel count confirms massive Renamo win in Matola

BRenamo is winning in Matola with 59% of the vote compared to 34% for Frelimo, with a margin of 80,000 votes. This bulletin and the Mais Integridade civil society observers have been given access to Renamo’s copies of the results sheets (editais) of 791 of 895 (88%) polling stations (mesas) in Matola, which shows the landslide. Turnout was 60%, high for municipal elections.

Results for all parties, in ballot paper order, for these 791 mesas, are: MDM 18,570 (5.7% of valid votes), Renamo 190,159 (58.9%), and Frelimo 110,337 (34.2%).

Two small parties, two citizens lists, and one coalition together gained only 1% of the vote:

  •     ANAJD (citizens list Associação Nacional de Assisténcia a Jovens Deliquentes) 788 (0.2%),
  •     E-POVO (Coligação Esperança do Povo) 392 (0.1%),
  •     ND (Nova Democracia) 1,452 (0.4%),
  •     ASTIMO (citizens list Associação dos Trabalhadores Informais de Moçambique) 240 (0.1%), and
  •     RD (Revolução Democrática) 519 (0.2%).

Renamo landslide in Maputo

Renamo won over Frelimo in Maputo city by more than 65,000 votes, with a turnout of 57%. This Bulletin and the Mais Integridade civil society observers have been given access to Renamo’s copies of the results sheets (editas) of 833 of 889 (94%) polling stations (mesas) in Maputo city, which confirms the large victory.