Electoral observation platform expresses concern over increasing violence during campaigns in Mozambique


Mozambican electoral observation platform Peace Room expressed on Wednesday in Maputo its concerns over the continuous episodes of violence during the electoral campaign and called for an urgent meeting among the main political parties to find solutions.

Osma Ali, the coordinator of the Institute for Multiparty Democracy which is the host of the platform, told the national radio RM that confronts between convoys of the political parties in the street need to convey a message of peace during their mass rallies.

“It is critical for the political parties to have an internal commitment for them to publicly call the electorate to distance themselves from violence and clearly indicate that party is not for violence but for peace and coexistence,” said Ali.

A meeting is expected to be held this week with the country’s political parties “to reflect upon the reasons behind violence, and political parties, elections entities, the police, other players and the civil society can elaborate a plan in order to guarantee that the campaign is done peacefully, according to the coordinator.

National Election Commission, also expressing concern about cases of electoral wrongdoing and violence, said on Monday that in the first two weeks of the campaign it has recorded 33 electoral offenses and incidents that resulted in more than 10 deaths.

Other incidents of concern according to the platform include destruction of campaign material, political intolerance which constitutes a clear violation of the country elections law. Enditem

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