It’s decided. Starting in June, Frelimo will amend the Constitution. On Wednesday, parliament approved the amendment to the Electoral Law, which reduces the deadline for announcing the date of the 2024 general elections from 18 to 14 months before the elections. This removed all doubts, and confirmed what had already been announced by the CIP: there will be no district elections in 2024.   Until the start of this Wednesday’s plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic, Frelimo’s proposal was to reduce the to announce the date of the general elections. But on the same day, after the opinion of the Fourth Commission for the second reading of the Frelimo law, another month was added. The 4th Commission forwarded the document to the secretariat at 1:37 pm for consideration and approval at second reading. Frelimo argues that the decision meets the concerns of various segments of Mozambican society – namely politicians, religious organizations, academics, journalists, civil society organizations and other forces, regarding the opportunity, advantages and disadvantages of holding elections in the districts. These segments, according to Frelimo, defend that the State always follows, in a safe way, the principle of gradualism. In other words, the amendment of Law 8/2013 will allow for a broader consultation of different opinions on “the opportunity and pertinence” of holding, or not, district elections next year. The amendment will allow Frelimo to buy time until it is legally possible to change the Constitution without needing opposition support. The Constitution can only be amended within five years after the entry into force of the previous amendment with the vote of ¾ of the parliament, which would require the support of the opposition because the last amendment was on 12 June 2018 (Article 301. of the Constitution of the Republic). After June 12 of this year, only Frelimo can change the Constitution, by a majority of 2/3 of the deputies, without needing the support of the opposition. Thus, with the reduction of the deadline for setting the date of presidential and parliamentary elections, provincial assemblies and provincial governors, Frelimo gains four months to propose, debate and approve the amendment to the Constitution of the Republic, which will allow the President of the Republic to set , without pressure, the date of next year’s general elections without district elections.(Letter) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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