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Voting Irregularities Reported in Mozambique Election


European Union poll monitors say they saw irregularities in Mozambique's elections this month, but not enough to substantially change the outcome of the presidential and parliamentary vote.

The EU's chief election observer said Monday that workers noted vote-counting problems, with some polling stations recording voter turnout at more than 100 percent. At other precincts monitors said police kept opposition observers from overseeing the polls during the December first and second balloting.

Preliminary results indicate a victory for the ruling party's presidential candidate, Armando Guebuza. Opposition candidate Afonso Dhlakama of the Renamo party has claimed fraud and has demanded new elections. Renamo says it may decline its seats in parliament to protest the vote.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.

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