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Canada Tanzania: according to the opposition, the Electoral Commission fraud in favor of the government

17:25  25 october  2020
17:25  25 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The leader of Tanzania 's main opposition party on Friday accused the electoral commission of tampering with voter lists ahead of Wednesday's general elections . Millions of ghost voters and polling stations," Freeman Mbowe, chairman of the Chadema party, wrote on Twitter.

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In Tanzania, the opposition is stepping up three days before the general elections of October 28, including the presidential election. While the Election Commission is often accused of submission to power, the opposition accuses it of having prepared real fraud ahead of these elections, through manipulation of the biometric file of voters.

Freeman Mbwoe, president of the main opposition party Chadema, denounces on his Twitter account a massive manipulation of the biometric register orchestrated, according to him, by the National Electoral Commission . "Millions of voters and phantom polling stations were added to the lists," denounces , while simultaneously "opposition voters were moved or deliberately removed from the lists".

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Electoral fraud helps autocratic leaders to stay in power and demonstrate their strength to both citizens and potential opposition leaders (1, 2). Electoral However, convincing identification of the size of electoral fraud is methodologically challenging. Most existing studies establish the presence of the

Electoral fraud is the deliberate manipulation of the process of an election through direct or indirect To be a member of the government party means „Open Avenue‟ to government patronage According to him, some 2011 election results were pretty outrageous in parts of the north as well.

Same story with the leader of another opposition party, ACT-Wazalendo. Its leader Zitto Kabwe also assured on Twitter that nearly 14,000 ghost voters were added to the lists in his constituency of Kigoma, in the west of the country.

These accusations are launched towards the end of an electoral campaign which was not easy for the opponents. At the beginning of October, for example, the Electoral Commission suspended for a week the campaign of candidate of Chadema Tundu Lissu , accusing him of "having made seditious remarks and made unfounded accusations against the electoral laws", without specifying its content.

President John Magufuli , a candidate for his own succession, is accused of having established an "authoritarian" regime in Tanzania during his first term. But, despite these five years of repression, the opposition continues to attract crowds to the chagrin of the government.

The president of CHADEMA therefore demanded in his tweet an explanation to the Electoral Commission and warns of a possible conflagration in the country.

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