Mozambicans will for the first time have a woman on the ballot paper when they go to the polls in October this year to vote for a president.
Maria Alice Mabota, a revered human rights activist and former president of the Mozambique Human Rights League, has filed her papers on the ticket of a number of parties.
She will contest as candidate of a coalition, the Democratic Alliance Coalition, CAD, a group of six parties that she ia not a member of any but was chosen to run on their ticket.
A local website quoted her as saying: ““I am not scared. I know I will face stones and boulders, but I cannot give up”.
She stressed that despite spending over three decades fighting for justice, she was was on a mission to rescue Mozambique, “… the country is now going backwards in terms of the rule of law,” she is quoted to have said after filing.
Under Mozambican electoral laws, the nomination papers of all candidates are vetted and cleared by the Constitutional Council, Mozambique’s highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law.