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Voter registration: a waste of money

There are better ways to spend the money in a country as poor as Mozambique

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. President Filipe Nyusi has questioned the cost of Mozambique's voter registration system, which requires the entire electorate to be systematically re-registered every five years (see below). Although this may be a tactic to distract attention from the question of whom his Frelimo party is going to pick as presidential candidate,  Nyusi is right to raise the subject — although he could have done something about it earlier in his ten years in office. It is unnecessary and wasteful to spend the equivalent of millions of dollars every five years on this exercise.

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