Malawi disenfranchises Mozambican voters

Published: 27/Oct/2009
Source: African Elections

The general director of the Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE), the electoral branch of the Mozambican civil service, Felisberto Naife, confirmed on Tuesday that the Malawian authorities have refused to allow polling stations for the Mozambican general elections to be opened anywhere on Malawian soil, outside of Mozambican diplomatic buildings. Malawi is one of seven African countries where Mozambican residents are entitled to vote in WednesdayÂ’s presidential and parliamentary elections. Naife told reporters that in none of the other six countries (South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya) had the authorities objected to the opening of polling stations in residential areas. The sudden Malawian decision means that Mozambicans resident in that country can only vote at the Mozambican High Commission in Lilongwe, or at the Consulate in Blantyre.

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Themes: Voter Registration
Regions: Malawi
Year: 2009