Mozambique votes peacefully amid tension
21 November 2013, 18:52
Maputo - Mozambicans voted in largely peaceful municipal
elections on Wednesday amid tension and sporadic violence in past months
between the government and the main opposition group, which boycotted the
There were reports of irregularities in some areas,
including delays at some polling stations and some cases of people voting more
than once after failing to dip their finger in indelible ink designed to
prevent duplicate voting.
Most polling stations closed late on Wednesday and counting
At least 53 municipalities are electing town presidents and
assemblies, and presidential elections will be held next year.
About 3.5 million people registered to vote on Wednesday.
President Armando Guebuza said authorities provided adequate
security at polling stations in Sofala province, where there have been clashes
involving fighters of the opposition Renamo group and security forces.
"Everything is going very well. I have voted and my
sister also voted without problems," said one resident, Ana Paula Orlando,
after voting in Gorongosa, a former Renamo stronghold.
Renamo objects to the current electoral law, saying it is biassed
in favour of the ruling Frelimo party. The government wants Renamo fighters to
disarm. The two sides fought a civil war after independence from Portugal in
1975; a peace deal was signed in 1992.
- Sapa - AP