In July 2004, EISA opened an office in Maputo, Mozambique to assist the electoral stakeholders in Mozambique. The project was developed against the background of the election disputes of the 1992 and 1999 general elections in the country. As result the project activities focused on election-related conflict management.
The fact that EISA brought together in a single course CNE/STAE, parties and CSO representatives made possible an interaction between individuals with different roles in the electoral process and proved to be an opportunity for open discussion and mutual understanding amongst stakeholders. Facilitation of discussions with similar stakeholders around the conflict management mechanism was undertaken with the participation of experts from South Africa who came to share their experiences in setting up an election-related conflict management mechanism in their own country.
One of the objectives of the project waws to contribute to the promotion of transparency by the CNE and STAE ito achieve more credibility in the management of the electoral process and thereby to build trust amongst stakeholders and reduce areas of conflict between them. The objective was achieved by by engaging them in constructive dialogue. Three workshops were organised in Inhambane, Quelimane and Pemba in collaboration with the Electoral Observatory.
The Electoral Observatory was one of the most important electoral initiatives of Mozambican CSOs and its relevance had been demonstrated during the local government elections of 2003. EISA therefore decided to engage in a more active partnership with the Electoral Observatory and give it support in long term observation and conflict monitoring and in conducting electoral processes monitoring operations such as Parallel Vote Tabulation. In terms of conflict monitoring, EISA helped the Electoral Observatory set up registration forms and created a basic database to to accumilate information collected by observers.