Without “drapery” of its origin
Members of the new CNE are required to be smooth
The Sala da Paz calls for “independence, impartiality and responsibility” contributing to the smoothness of electoral processes “by the new members of the National Elections Commission (CNE), elected by the Assembly of the Republic last December and installed on the 15th of this month.
“In the exercise of their functions, it is expected that the members of the CNE do not represent the public or private institutions, political or social organizations of origin, guiding their conduct” by “independence, impartiality and responsibility, thus contributing to the fairness of electoral processes, “Sala da Paz said in a statement.
The Sala da Paz, which is a coalition of civil society for electoral observation, made this appeal on Monday (18 January) to the new members of the National Elections Commission (CNE) to be independent, pointing out that the suspicion in in relation to ballots has led to political violence.
According to Sal da Paz, “it is no longer justifiable for electoral processes in Mozambique to continue to be characterized by accusations of fraud, manipulation of voter registration and results, exchange of results, falsification of public notices, disturbances at the time of voting and counting votes and poor accreditation of observers “.
For these anomalous situations, even if they occur in isolation, contribute to tarnish the entire electoral process. “There are times when the weak integrity of electoral processes has led to challenges that have evolved into political-military violence, causing human and material damage”, emphasizes the Sala da Paz in its information note.
Electoral experience requires credible results
For the coalition, after 30 years of formal establishment of multiparty democracy and with six general, five municipal and three provincial elections already held, Mozambique has gained experience in organizing transparent electoral processes and credible results. “Regardless of their source, the CNE law protects each member, by establishing that they are immovable, so in the exercise of their functions, it is expected that they do not represent public or private institutions, political or social organizations of origin” , the statement said.
The Sala da Paz defends the exemplary punishment of violators of electoral legislation, the timely availability of the necessary resources for electoral operations and the creation of security guarantees for citizens and other political actors in the exercise of their political rights.
Meanwhile, the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, installed last Friday (January 15), 17 new CNE members elected by the Assembly of the Republic in December 2020. Ten of the new members were appointed by the three political parties with a seat (namely FRELIMO, RENAMO and MDM) and seven nominated by civil society organizations.
Among all, gathered in its first session, was chosen the bishop of the Anglican Church of Mozambique, Carlos Matsinhe, whose candidacy for CNE was endorsed by the Christian Council of Mozambique, as president of the CNE for the five-year term, with 11 votes in favor against six of your opponent.
The new CNE is responsible for overseeing the 2023 census and municipal elections and the 2024 general (presidential and provincial) census and elections.
Nyusi recommendations and requests from the CNE helmsman
The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, when he inaugurated the members of the CNE, recommended to the new cast to work in order to guarantee the credibility and transparency of future electoral processes, seeking to reach consensus and avoid the repetition of past mistakes, asking for impartiality in the process. performance of functions. “We also recommend constant dialogue, consensus in the management of electoral processes, communication with all parties involved in the process,” he said.
Upon taking office, Matsinhe made a request: “We want to appeal, not only to the members of the Electoral Commission but also to all those who concern the culture of good participation in elections, the promotion of peaceful, free, fair and credible elections, and that all let us join our hands, our heads, and build a truly democratic Mozambique “, because, the religious leader understands that” only this way “is that” we will be able to live in peace and make our country progress.