FOREGN ELECTION OBSERVERS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY IN TANZANIA ELECTIONS

FOREGN ELECTION OBSERVERS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY IN TANZANIA ELECTIONS
Foreign election observers are expected to
commend Tanzanian authorities for a largely
peaceful voting day but raise concerns about the
levels of transparency in the country’s tightly
contested election.
The observers are expected to issue their first
official report about Sunday’s election at a press
conference in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday
afternoon.
“Voting day was generally peaceful across the
country, but there are concerns about the lack
of transparency in some aspects of the process,”
a member of the European Union team of
election observers told the Nation on condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the
matter.
John Pombe Magufuli, the candidate of the
ruling CCM party, remains ahead of his closest
challenger, Edward Lowassa of Chadema party,
in official results announced by the National
Electoral Commission, but the opposition
candidate on Monday accused NEC of selectively
releasing results in a manner likely to facilitate
fraud.

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RELEASE 191 OFFICIALS
Chadema officials also wrote to the Inspector
General of Police on Monday to demand the
release of 191 officials arrested from its official
tally centres in Dar es Salaam during raids on
Sunday night.
And in Zanzibar, police fired tear gas to
disperse opposition supporters after CUF
candidate Seif Sharif Hamad declared himself
the winner of the island’s presidency ahead of
CCM candidate and incumbent Ali Mohamed
Shein.
The tensions have continued into Tuesday.
Police in Muleba town, in northern Tanzania,
have fired tear gas to disperse crowds
demonstrating against parliamentary results
announced in the area.
With 61 out of 264 constituencies reporting on
Tuesday morning, CCM had won 41 seats, CUF 5
while Chadema had won 15. More results are
expected in the course of the day and NEC has
promised to release final results by Thursday.

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