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US News Elections in Tanzania: Several opponents arrested after controversial ballot

05:05  30 october  2020
05:05  30 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The first results of the presidential, legislative and local elections in Tanzania began to fall on Thursday 29 October. The candidates for power almost all emerge victorious. Several opposition members have been arrested after demonstrating against the results they do not recognize. Internationally, the credibility of the poll is in question, especially in Washington.

With our correspondent in the region, Sébastien Nemeth

Throughout Thursday, the ACT-Wazalendo party denounced the repression of power against its members. In Zanzibar, its president, vice-president and central committee members were arrested just after calling for a peaceful protest against electoral fraud. One of them was reportedly beaten by the police and then hospitalized. The campaign manager was reportedly violently arrested at his home. The opposition movement is reportedly without news of him.

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President John Magufuli's main opponent, Tundu Lissu, has already announced that his side will not recognize the results of what he described as a "unique in the country's history" fraud. He denounced a masquerade, with ballot box stuffing, pre-filled ballots. Thousands of its observers were reportedly denied access to polling stations.

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The NGO Tanzania Election Watch calls for a fair and transparent count

International observers have also criticized the process. The United States admitted "doubts about the credibility of the results". Washington has called on the authorities to engage with the opposition and allow the Tanzanians to demonstrate peacefully. Tanzania Election Watch, an international NGO made up of African personalities, speaks of events that “damaged the credibility of the vote”. The organization called for a fair and transparent count, asking the Election Commission to investigate the complaints.

Its president Frederick Ssempebwa nevertheless recalled that “unfortunately, the figures published by the NEC were not subject to appeal”. He worried about possible violence to come. Note that in the semi-autonomous territory of Zanzibar, the candidate of the ruling party, Hussein Mwinyi, won with 76% of the vote. He succeeds Ali Mohamed Shein and becomes the 8th president of Zanzibar since 1964. He called on opponents to join him in building this territory together.

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