US News Tanzania: the outgoing Magufuli about to crush the opposition in the ballot box

12:50  30 october  2020
12:50  30 october  2020 Source:   challenges.fr

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Opposition leaders in Tanzania have accused police of shooting nine people dead during protests against alleged rigging on the eve of elections in which John Magufuli , one of Africa’s most controversial leaders, could win a second term as president. The unrest broke out overnight in the

Opposition leaders in Tanzania have accused authorities of stuffing ballot boxes to ensure Tundu Lissu, the principal opposition candidate, issued a statement alleging “widespread irregularities in the John Magufuli , one of Africa’s most controversial leaders, is seeking a second term as president.

Carte de la Tanzanie © Alain BOMMENEL Map of Tanzania

The counting of the presidential and legislative ballots continues on Friday in Tanzania, where the outgoing John Magufuli and his party, the CCM, are in the process of crushing in the ballot box the opposition, already strangled for the past five years and which cries of fraud.

The CCM, in power continuously since independence, is already assured of a large absolute majority in Parliament. The results announced for around 200 of the country's 264 constituencies give only two seats to the opposition, with the others going to the CCM.

The hundred or so seats reserved for women and filled by each party in proportion to its results, the five deputies chosen to represent it in the Parliament of the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar or the ten deputies at most appointed by the leader of the 'State will not change the balance of power.

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Several figures from Chadema, the main opposition party, lost their seats in historic opposition strongholds, including party chairman Freeman Mbowe, a member of parliament for 20 years and leader of the parliamentary opposition during the past legislature.

Also beaten Halima Mdee, head of the Chadema women's branch and outspoken critic of President Magufuli, who was briefly arrested on polling day after denouncing the discovery in her constituency of ballot boxes filled with "pre-ticked ballots" in favor of his CCM opponent.

Un homme se couvre le visage pour se protéger des gaz lacrymogènes à Zanzibar, le 29 octobre 2020 © MARCO LONGARI A man covers his face to protect himself from tear gas in Zanzibar, October 29, 2020

John Magufuli, 61, already seems assured of being comfortably re-elected for a second term. He is currently winning with an absolute majority in all of the nearly 160 constituencies whose results have already been announced by the Electoral Commission (NEC).

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Opposition figures have cast doubts over Wednesday's election with complains of ballot Opposition figures and rights groups have accused President Magufuli of stifling democracy in a Tensions rise ahead of Tanzania vote. "Voting reports indicate widespread irregularities in the form of

Tanzania 's main opposition leader says there has been "shameless" widespread vote rigging in He retweeted a video of what appeared to citizens intercepting a bag full of pre-filled ballots , all voting image captionMr Magufuli voted in the capital Dodoma. He has been praised for pushing through big

- The work of a "gang" -

His main opponent Tundu Lissu, a 52-year-old lawyer, has already rejected Thursday in advance all the results of the presidential and legislative elections which took place the day before on the mainland and Zanzibar, which form the United Republic of Tanzania (approximately 58 million inhabitants).

It "was not an election" but the work of a "gang which decided to remain in power at all costs", accused Mr. Lissu live on the internet, rejecting in advance "illegitimate" results.

"Democratic change is not possible in Tanzania," he lamented, denouncing "electoral fraud on an unprecedented scale" in Tanzania.

The US Embassy in Tanzania on Thursday evening said in a statement "credible assertions concerning significant fraud and intimidation", believing that "these irregularities and the victories by considerable discrepancies sow serious doubts on the credibility of results announced "Thursday.

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Tanzania ’s main opposition presidential candidate on Thursday declared he would not recognise the election result as key seats fell to the The opposition said 10 people were killed in the run-up to the vote, and Hamad decried the election as a “military exercise” overshadowed by violence and cheating.

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Tanzania does not allow legal challenges to the outcome of the presidential election - a possible legislative process - and Mr. Lissu called on his supporters for "democratic and peaceful" demonstrations and support from the international community.

But so far no protest movement has been noted.

In the Zanzibar archipelago, where some 556,000 voters voted for the national ballot, but also to elect their own president and parliament, it was also the CCM candidate, Hussein Mwinyi, who largely won (76,27 % voices).

The opposition also lost many seats in the local parliament and its leader Seif Sharif Hamad, defeated by Mr. Minyi in the presidency of Zanzibar, has also called for peaceful protests.

Police and soldiers remained deployed in Stone Town on Friday, but the streets of the archipelago's capital, the scene of frequent electoral violence, were calm, according to AFP journalists

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