Sunday 11 October 2009

US Department of State, fears election violence in upcoming Mozambique election

(South African Catholic; c.f. US Department of State Website (Secular; Governmental; American) Updated Sunday 11 / 10 | October / 2009 ; News 24 (Secular; Independent; South African): articles by SAPS (Secular; Independent; South African) 29 / 09 | September / 2009 ; 07 / 09 | September 2009; 13 / 12 | December / 2004)

Notation by Marc Aupiais

The US Department of State, has warned their citizens to avoid Mozambique, due to fears of election violence, claiming:

"The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for violence in Mozambique in association with the October 28, 2009, general election. This Travel Alert expires on November 10, 2009.

The Embassy has received specific reports of localized civil unrest and violence in Gaza, Nampula, Sofala and Tete provinces. Past elections in Mozambique have featured violence in other areas of the country throughout the campaign season, the election, and especially in the days and weeks following the announcement of election results"
(US Department of State Website (Secular; Governmental; American) Updated Sunday 11 / 10 | October / 2009)

The 2004 elections, saw opposition party members refusing access to votes, stored in warehouses which required keys from both sides for access. The Opposition had accused police of chasing their election observers away from polling stations, and alleged that many rural voters had not been able to vote. The opposition at the time: Renamo, had been contesting Frelimo for the election, where only 30% to 40% of voters turned out. It had been declared free and fair.

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