Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The pledge was made at a Tuesday press conference in Maputo by Felisberto Naife, general director of the Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE), the electoral branch of the Mozambican civil service.
He said that the positioning of voting materials and electoral staff at the polling station sites in rural areas began two days ago, and should be completed on Tuesday. The materials for the urban polling stations will be positioned early on Wednesday morning.
The conditions have been guaranteed for the polling stations to open at 07.00, he insisted. To reach remote areas, seven helicopters are being used, four hired commercially by STAE, and three lent by the South African government.
Asked if there might be any repetition of the embarrassing situation that occurred in the 2004 elections when many polling stations found that they had the wrong electoral register or no register at all, which disenfranchised citizens who had registered at those stations, Naife was confident that such blunders would be avoided this time.
He said that the production and distribution of the electoral registers had been decentralised to district level, which should avoid registers going astray and ending up in the wrong part of the country.
There are a total of 12,694 polling stations for a registered electorate of over 9.8 million.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
"Credit" is what we call the "airtime/minutes" to recharge our cell phones. It is sold all over the place in the city.
With a "microcredit" of USD 1,60 (50 meticais), he was able to buy "minute cards" and sell them with a 10% profit.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
We have been out of the blogsphere for a while!
After our return from furlough last month, we are still on the process of getting back to normal life.
It hasn't been easy to find time to write here and share as we promised we would. Sorry for this.
Raquel and Mariana started a new school year at the Portuguese School of Mozambique, with new teachers, new classmates, and also completely different schedules.
Alice is back to the Central Hospital of Maputo where she volunteers at the Oncology department, and Jorge is back to his soccer players and friends at the orphanage, to his Ethics classes, translations and many other projects.
Step by step, we are re-arranging everything and prepared for a new season.
After almost 7000 miles traveling during 9 weeks, we had our first weekend of rest, at a small place in South Africa, 1 hour from the Mozambican border.
This place is called White River, but it's knowned for the beautiful green landscapes.