Mozambican general election, 2014

Mozambican general election, 2014
15 October 2014 (2014-10-15)

50%+ votes needed to win
Turnout 48.6%
Nominee Filipe Nyusi Afonso Dhlakama Daviz Simango
Popular vote 2,778,497 1,783,382 309,925
Percentage 57.03% 36.61% 6.36%

Presidential election results map. Red denotes provinces won by Nyusi, and Blue denotes those won by Dhlakama.

President before election

Armando Guebuza

Elected President

Filipe Nyusi

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General elections were held in Mozambique on 15 October 2014. Filipe Nyusi, the candidate of the ruling FRELIMO, was elected as President, and FRELIMO retained its parliamentary majority.

Electoral system

The President was elected using the two-round system.[1] Incumbent President Armando Guebuza was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.[2][3]

The 250 members of the Assembly of the Republic were elected in 11 multi-member constituencies based on the country's provinces and two single-member constituencies representing Mozambican citizens in Africa and Europe. Seat allocation in the multi-member constituencies was based on proportional representation using the d'Hondt method, with an electoral threshold of 5%.[4]


Presidential candidates

Candidate Party
Filipe Nyusi[5] Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO)
Alfonso Dhlakama[6] Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO)
Daviz Simango[5] Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM)


Electoral observers from the European Union stated there were positive aspects: new electoral legislation, a non-disputed voter register and a generally peaceful electoral campaign and an orderly election day, but issues with the tabulation process, and acts of violence and intolerance during the electoral campaign underlined the necessity for important improvements for the future electoral processes.[7]

Electoral observers from the Mozambican Electoral Observatory group, concluded that their parallel vote count was broadly in line with the official results. However, the group still termed the elections "partly free and fair, and not very transparent", citing politicization and a lack of transparency of the electoral bodies, voters being turned away and other irregularities.[8]



Candidate Party Votes %
Filipe NyusiFRELIMO2,778,49757.03
Afonso DhlakamaRENAMO1,783,38236.61
Daviz SimangoMDM309,9256.36
Invalid/blank votes461,861
Registered voters/turnout10,964,97848.64
Source: Mozambique News Agency


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Other parties149,8123.2500
Invalid/blank votes711,454
Total5,316,936100 250
Registered voters/turnout10,964,97848.49
Source: Mozambique News Agency

Provincial elections

Cabo Delgado Province 67 14 1
Gaza Province 69 0 1
Inhambane Province 58 11 1
Manica Province 49 39 1
Maputo Province 59 12 9
Nampula Province 46 46 1
Niassa Province 42 34 4
Sofala Province 30 45 7
Tete Province 37 42 3
Zambezia Province 37 51 4
Source Mozambique News Agency


The leader of RENAMO, Afonso Dhlakama claimed the results of the election were fraudulent and called for a national unity government, threatening to set up a parallel government if FRELIMO did not agree.[9] However, he later abandoned the call.[10] RENAMO also boycotted the swearing in of the provincial parliaments, and have threatened to boycott the swearing in of the Assembly of the Republic on 12 January 2015.[11]


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