FRELIMO wins Mozambican municipal elections in 44 of the 53 municipalities, with record participation

The Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) won the country’s municipal elections in 44 of the 53 municipalities. The municipal elections on October 10 reached a record 60.3% share.

The scrutiny on October 10, 2018, gave victory to FRELIMO in 44 municipalities, five less before the election, while RENAMO increased from one to eight the number of municipalities that it will govern, according to the National Election Commission (CNE).

The Mozambican civil society organization, Centro de Integridade Pública (CIP), said on a statement that the figure represents “a significant increase” compared to previous elections, 46% in 2013, 46% in 2008 and 28% in 2003, and added that, “The city of Maputo had a 63% share and Matola, the second largest municipality in the country, 59%, compared to 50% and 38%, respectively, in the previous elections,”

Four municipalities had a share of over 70%, with Metangula, in the northern province of Niassa, registering the highest participation: 77%.

The Executive Director of IMD (Institute for Multiparty Democracy) considered exemplary the work of electoral bodies, noting that there were few cases of voters who were prevented from voting because of failures in the organization and management of the process.

A total of 21 parties, coalitions or groups of citizens participated in these elections, although only three parties with parliamentary seats have applied in all municipalities: Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM).

Mozambique follows the principle of gradualism in the municipalization of the country. The first elections in 1998 began with 33 municipalities and held the same number in their second ballots in 2003, in 2008, the number of municipalities increased to 43, and to 53 in the poll of 2013 – a number that is currently maintained.