Maputo, Mozambique – AWEPA organised a conference on the main challenges regarding the development and implementation of the Electoral Law in Mozambique, in the framework of our Strategic Partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) in consortium with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD).
The conference, which was organised jointly with the Institute for Multiparty Democracy (IMD) and the National Assembly of Mozambique, took place in the city of Maputo, in Mozambique, on 28-29 November 2016.
Participants – including Mozambican MPs, representatives of political parties, electoral management institutions, civil society organisations, academics and a number of international guests involved in electoral processes – were given the opportunity to reflect on the evolution of electoral legislation in Mozambique.
This reflection was designed to equip the MPs for the upcoming review of the Mozambican Electoral Law. The participants took into account the major challenges currently resulting from the implementation of the Law based on evidence from different electoral process approaches and the results of these models.
The participants were also invited to share their experiences of electoral law, both from within Mozambique and, in the case of the international guests, from surrounding countries.
It is hoped that understanding these experiences will support the Mozambican MPs in dealing with the review of the Electoral Law and will help them to feel confident about a free, fair and transparent election in the country.
Despite advances aimed at strengthening multiparty democracy in Mozambique, there still prevail major threats especially in the pre-election and post-periods. Following elections, the country risks political tension and potential military hostilities. This, combined with distrust between actors, has led to the Electoral Law being reviewed at each election cycle. Therefore, there is an urgent need to move to a deeper reflection on the electoral legislation in Mozambique, to assess its implementation and to explore possible reforms.