Mozambique’s Centre for Public Integrity (CIP) estimates that 44 people were killed during a 43-day election campaign which ended on Saturday in Mozambique, most of them in accidents, but some as a result of violence.
“This is a preliminary balance, according to the records of our correspondents,” the organisation writes in a newsletter released on Sunday. Seven of the deaths are reported as murders.
Violence during elections campaigning is normal in Mozambique, and this year’s campaign has been classified as “bloody” by the CIP, which has a network of observers throughout the country.
According to the CIP bulletin, 271 people were injured in physical assaults and accidents, and at least 59 people were arrested.
The assassination of election observation leader Anastácio Matavel in Xai-Xai, Gaza on October 7 by members of police units, in the admission of the corporation itself, generated the greatest reaction from government and diplomatic representations, among others.
The Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) has announced the opening of an investigation into the involvement of its agents in the crime. Its conclusions are expected by the 22nd October.
The most serious accident in terms of casualties happened in Nampula, in the north of the country, on September 11, when 10 people died during a crowd’s disorderly exit from the 25 de Junho Stadium at the end of a rally featuring President Filipe Nyusi, the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) candidate.
A total of 13.1 million Mozambican voters will tomorrow elect the next president of Mozambique, 250 parliamentarians, ten provincial assemblies and their governors.
Mozambique’s sixth general election has four presidential candidates and 26 parties running for legislative and provincial elections, with the three parties with parliamentary representation (Frelimo, Renamo and MDM) competing in all constituencies.