Municipal elections 2023: STAE legal officers trained in electoral litigation, complaints and appeals

October 5, 2023

Nearly 20 Legal Officers from the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE), allocated to the Legal Departments of all the country's provinces, are benefiting from a two-day training course in Ponta d'Ouro, Matutuine district, on Electoral Litigation, Complaints and Appeals, with a view to the municipal elections on 11 October.

Group photo of the training

UNDP/Rochan Kadariya

Organized in partnership with the UNDP's Democracy and Elections project, the training aims to consolidate the technicians' knowledge of the above-mentioned subjects and prepare the Legal Office to better respond to questions, offences or infringements that may arise during the voting and election results tabulation periods.

Based on an interactive methodology and debate, taking into account the lessons learned in past elections, the participants identify and discuss the irregularities, complaints and sanctions applied for each offence during the voting and results tabulation phases, under the guidance of the Legal Office's central-level technicians and specialists in Mozambican electoral law.

Some of the main themes:
- Violation of active electoral capacity;
- Abusive admission or exclusion from voting;
- Preventing suffrage;
- Fraud in the counting of votes;
- Refusal to distribute original minutes and public notices;
- Obstructing monitoring;

Twenty-two political groups are contesting in these municipal elections, with only Frelimo, Renamo and MDM standing in all 65 municipalities.

This event was made possible with the contributions from the citizens and governments of Canada, Norway, Spain and Germany.