Moz polls: Parties complain

2009-09-16 13:28

Maputo - Eight Mozambican political parties excluded from this year's elections because of irregularities have complained to the Constitutional Council (CC), a report said on Wednesday.

The state controlled daily Noticias cited Geraldo Saranga, secretary general of the council, as saying that according to the provisions of the electoral law, the CC had 11 days to decide on the parties' complaints.

One of the excluded parties is the Mozambican Democratic Movement, headed by Daviz Simango, incumbent mayor for the second biggest city Beira. He is also running for the presidential position.

The parties allege they were unfairly excluded from the elections by the national election commission (CNE) which rejected nomination papers for some of the parties' candidates because they were incomplete.

Campaign process

Western diplomats accredited to the southern African country, headed by the United Sates charge d'Affairs Todd Chapman, have claimed the CNE unfairly excluded the parties and their candidates.

On Friday last week, CNE chairman Leopolodo da Costa told reporters he would not "bend laws" to admit the excluded parties.

On Wednesday, the 45-day campaign process was in its fourth day without any major incidents of violence.

Mozambicans will go to the polls on October 28 to elect a president and lawmakers for the national and provincial parliaments.

Sitting president Armando Guebuza, Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama and Simango are vying for the presidential post after six other candidates were pulled from the list by the CNE because their nomination papers had irregularities.