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Title:Mozambique's 2004 General Elections
Author:Ruigrok, Inge
Year:2005
Periodical:African Security Review
Volume:14
Issue:1
Pages:35-47
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:elections
2004
Frelimo
Renamo
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2005.9627333
Abstract:The latest presidential and legislative elections in Mozambique, in December 2004, saw the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) emerging as a clear victor. In spite of some irregularities, all observers confirmed that 85 percent or more of polling stations functioned correctly. This paper examines Mozambique's legal framework for multiparty elections; the criticism on two regulations on the exclusion of observers in some instances of the electoral process; the chaotic voter registration process; secrecy on the number and location of polling stations; problems with the tabulation software; and the election campaign, which was generally peaceful, although the historical antagonism between Frelimo and Renamo did manifest itself. In conclusion, an analysis of the results of four previous elections - the 1994 presidential and legislative elections; the 1998 local elections; the 1999 presidential and legislative elections; and the 2003 local elections - shows that Frelimo obtained far better results in 2003 than in 1994 and 1999, even in provinces previously dominated by Renamo. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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