By: Jose Tembe
Mozambique’s presidential candidates ended their 43-days of campaign on Sunday as the country prepares for Tuesday’s elections.
President Filipe Nyusi, who is seeking a second term, started the last campaign day in Nampula in the northeast and ended in Matola suburb in the capital, Maputo, in front of thousands of supporters.
His Frelimo party has ruled Mozambique since independence in 1975.
Ossufo Momade of the main opposition Renamo party made whistle-stop campaigns across four districts of Nampula province. He also made an appearance in his hometown, Ilha de Mocambique.
Daviz Simango of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) rallied supporters in Beira, in the central region, his perceived stronghold.
For the first time in the country’s history, six opposition parties have signed a cooperation pact to prevent electoral fraud. These are Renamo, MDM, New Democracy, Amusi, Podemos, and the Ecologists.
The parties accused the ruling party of planning electoral “fraud”
They said in a joint press release, we are “deeply distressed by the violence and bloody wave that characterized the election campaign
A total of 44 people were killed in election-related incidents during the campaigns, seven murdered, and the rest in road accidents.
A prominent election observer was killed by policemen last week, in an incident that shocked the country.
In addition, 271 were injured by assault and car crashes, and at least 59 people were arrested, according to the records of the Mozambique Political Process Bulletin.
For the first time, provincial governors will be elected. The leader of the party that wins majority of seats at provincial level automatically becomes governor.
Contestants in Tuesday’s presidential elections:
There are four candidates running for the presidency and 26 parties and coalitions running for legislative and provincial elections.
The presidential candidates are:
Filipe Nyusi, 60, the ruling Frelimo candidate, who is seeking to remain at the Palácio da Ponta Vermelha, the official residence of the president in Maputo, after serving his first term following his victory in the 2014 elections.
Daviz Simango, 55, the MDM candidate, is running for the third time as a presidential candidate after unsuccessful bids in 2009 and 2014. In both elections, Daviz Simango, currently mayor of Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city, since 2003, finished third.
Ossufo Momade, 58, who assumed the leadership of Renamo after Afonso Dhlakama’s death in 2018, is running for the first time.
Mario Albino, 57, will run on an
Source: BBC Africa, Maputo