During January and February 2019, EISA held planning meetings with the National Elections Commission (CNE), in which both parties discussed and agreed on the priority actions for 2019. EISA Mozambique will support the CNE in training provincial staff of CNE and support CNE in engaging with relevant stakeholders, mostly CSOs working in elections and media, in preparation for the October presidential and parliamentary elections.
EISA Mozambique supported the operationalisation of the EMB's website's functionalities that allowed voters to access information about their registration and polling locations, the sending of text messages to voters about their voting locations, and the publication of provisional electoral results online.
EISA Mozambique also concluded the draft Gender and Inclusion Policy for the Elections Management Body, which will be reviewed and discussed by them in a near future.
EISA Mozambique contributed to the planning capacity of the election management bodies through support to the national CNE meeting, which took place in Matola city from 16 to 18 February 2018 and attended by all national and provincial EMB members and some staff, with a total of 120 attendees. During the meeting, the EMB reviewed the state of implementation of the election calendar up to date, and approved the plan of annual activites for 2018.
During the meeting, the EMB reviewed the state of implementation of the election calendar up to date, and approved the plan of annual activites for 2018.
During the EMB planning meeting the new EMB website, which was developed with EISA's support, was launched.
The announcement of 10 October 2018 as the date for the next local elections kick-started formal planning and operational process for these elections by the National Electoral Commission (CNE). EISA Mozambique motivated the CNE to implement methodologies and mechanisms to enable the collection, recording and publication of disaggregated gender and age data related to voter registration and voting.
EISA Mozambique also contributed to increased inclusiveness, fairness, balance, and transparency in Mozambican electoral processes through:
EISA Mozambique contributed to the exposure to best practices by the Mozambican Election Management Bodies by supporting peer-to-peer exchanges between the Mozambican National Electoral Commission and their counterparts in Germany, Angola and Portugal, where CNE commissioners had the opportunity to observe the management of elections in July, August and September, respectively.
In June EISA supported an exchange of experiences between the Mozambican CNE and its regional counterparts, on the margin of the ECF SADC meeting in Maputo, to provide the Mozambican EMB with regional best practices in election management and dispute resolution.
In April EISA Mozambique supported a two day national EMB planning meeting that brought together 120 national and provincial level EMB members and senior operational staff to discuss and approve the calendar and operational plan for the 2018 elections.
According to the new electoral legislation, eight of the 13 members of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) should be proposed by CSOs, and six of the eleven members of provincial and district/city commissions should also come from civil society. All these new members from civil society had no experience in election management. In the period under review, EISA successfully assisted an important coalition of election CSOs in designing and implementing a transparent and participatory nationwide selection process to identify civil society candidates for the CNE and its 11 provincial and 135 district/city subordinate bodies. The process, which took place over a period of seven months, was widely praised by the media and political parties for its groundbreaking transparency and inclusiveness. EISA also designed a capacity-building programme for the new EMB and its decentralised representations, to address their lack of knowledge and experience in election management. This capacity-building programme included:
All ten BRIDGE training modules were translated into Portuguese and adapted to the Mozambican electoral legislation. A training chedule was developed in order to deliver training in two one-week sessions for the CNE and one one-week session for each of the 11 provincial electoral commissions. By the end of the year, training had not been implemented due to time constraints on the part of the electoral commissioners. Towards the end of 2007, the preparations for the upcoming municipal, provincial, and general elections faced serious challenges,especially around the voter registration process. EISA arranged for the participation of a member of the CNE and the Director- General of Technical Secretariat for Electoral Assistance (STAE) in a regional technical workshop on voter registration to allow the Mozambican EMBs to access and discuss regional best practices in voter registration, and draw lessons for Mozambique.