Tension Rises In Tanzania Over Delayed Election Results

Tension Rises In Tanzania Over Delayed Election Results

Tanzanian officials counted votes for a second day Tuesday October 27 as the election commission called for calm and warned only they can declare results.

National Electoral Commission Chairman Damian Lubuva told reporters that people should ignore announcements by other institutions and individuals.

While some parliamentary results began trickling on Monday October 26, presidential results are not expected until later in the week.

In the national presidential race, John Magufuli of the long-ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) is seen as the narrow favourite to beat ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, a CCM stalwart who recently defected to Chadema, which is heading a coalition of opposition parties. 

Analysts have warned that the unusually tight race could spark tensions, with the opposition providing the first credible challenge to the CCM since the introduction of multi-party democracy in 1995. 

Many believe 55-year old Magufuli – currently minister of works, for which he earned the nickname “The Bulldozer” – will face a tough challenge from Lowassa, 62.

Lowassa was prime minister from 2005 until his resignation in 2008 over corruption allegations that he denies, and has for years been a CCM loyalist, but on the campaign trail he called for an end to the party’s rule.

Outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who is not running having served his constitutional two-term limit, ordered the police to boost security to ensure calm in the country of 52 million people, of whom 22 million were registered to vote.

Written by AFP

 

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