Carlos Matsinhe says the CNE is working to ensure that the general elections are free and fair

Carlos Matsinhe afirma que a CNE está a trabalhar para as eleições gerais sejam livres e justas

The president of the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Anglican bishop Carlos Matsinhe, promised on Thursday that the CNE is working to ensure that everything goes smoothly in the presidential, legislative and provincial elections scheduled for October 9.

Bishop Carlos Matsinhe is struggling to rebuild the credibility of the CNE after the chaotic local elections of October 2023, marked by multiple irregularities and fraud.

The CNE, including its president, was blamed for the irregularities and for a set of results so unbelievable that some of them had to be corrected by the Constitutional Council, the country's highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law.

There were calls for Matsinhe's resignation - but he didn't listen and clearly intends to stay in office until after this year's elections.

At a round table on electoral disputes and crimes, quoted by STVMatsinhe said that the CNE "has made efforts to involve all the living forces of society in the holding of peaceful, free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections".

To this end, he added, the CNE has been exchanging experiences with other countries that have held elections amid adversity. The aim of these actions, he said, is to ensure that all candidates feel reflected in the election results.

At the round table, representatives of the Supreme Court stressed the power of the district courts during election periods. Supreme Court judge António Namburete argued that magistrates should be trained to deal with electoral disputes.

"These bodies have an added responsibility in that they must decide, in accordance with the law, assuming their role as impartial arbiters, equidistant from the competing candidates," he stressed.

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