THE 1998 LOCAL ELECTIONS IN MOZAMBIQUE - 5
SUMMARY OF THE DATA FROM THE MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLIES
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HISTORICAL NOTE - The Municipal administration in Mozambique began with the Royal Letter of May 9, 1761, written by King D. José I to Calixto Rangel Pereira de Sá, then the Governor and Captain-General of the Garrison-Post of Mozambique (Island of). The letter created the Municipality of the Island of Mozambique, which became a village with the name of São Sebastião on January 19, 1763.* Soon after, also in 1763, other municipalities were created in the Garrison-Posts and small posts of Quelimane, Tete, Zumbo, Manica, Sofala, Inhambane and Querimba Islands, which were also elevated to the status of Villages.** The first Lourenço Marques (today Maputo) Municipal Commission was created by the Council Decree Nº 205 of August 27, 1877 and its 1st session took place on September 9 of the same year. The President of this Commission was Augusto de Castilho, at the time Governor of the Lourenço Marques District. Other participants were the Lourenço Marques citizens, Pedro António de Oliveira and Joaquim Thomaz da Fonseca. (* - M. Simões Alberto e Francisco A. Toscano, "O Oriente Africano Português," p. 76, Lourenço Marques, 1942; ** - "Teses e Comunicações - II, Colóquio Nacional de Municípios, 17-23/4/1971," Vol. 1, pp. 42-43, Câmara Municipal de Lourenço Marques).