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World Tanzania's opposition candidate calls election a 'travesty'

13:05  29 october  2020
13:05  29 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Tanzania ' s main opposition presidential candidate has said he will not accept the result of Wednesday's election because of voting irregularities. "Whatever happened yesterday was not an election ," Tundu Lissu told journalists in the main city Dar es Salaam.

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tanzania's leading opposition presidential candidate on Thursday asked countries around the world not to recognise the eventual results of an election held the previous day, calling it a "travesty" due to widespread irregularities.

a man sitting in a chair: FILE PHOTO: Tanzania's main opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu, speaks during a Reuters interview in Dar es Salaam © Reuters/STRINGER FILE PHOTO: Tanzania's main opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu, speaks during a Reuters interview in Dar es Salaam

Tundu Lissu, the main challenger to incumbent President John Magufuli, told Reuters the defects in the process meant that the results - expected within a week -- could not be trusted.

Magufuli is seeking a second, five year term in presidential and parliamentary polls marked by complaints of restricted internet access and accusations of fraud.

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Tanzania opposition ACT Wazalendo party presidential candidate , Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad, was Tanzania ' s inspector general of police, Simon Sirro, denied that anyone had been killed, but claimed Tanzania - presidential election . Tanzania police block opposition leader Lissu in nine-hour standoff.

Tanzanians started voting in general elections on Wednesday, with President John Magufuli’s party likely to extend Lissu’s return from self-imposed exile in Europe earlier this year as candidate of the Chadema party has rallied Tanzania ’ s police chief, Simon Sirro, said no one was killed in the unrest.

"The results should not be recognised by any country in the world, should not be recognised by the African Union and the Commonwealth," Lissu told Reuters, urging the world to take action against "those who perpetrated this travesty."

Officials at the electoral commission were not immediately available for comment. On Tuesday, the Commission denied allegations of fake ballots, saying they were unofficial and unsubstantiated.

Lissu, 52, was shot 16 times in 2017 in what remains an unsolved case. He returned from three years in exile in July.

Lissu said his party's polling agents had been prevented into getting into polling stations and that stuffed ballots had been forced into polling stations across the country.

"This was a mockery of elections, a mockery of democracy," he said. He later told reporters "We are not accepting anything that has been done and any results."

Tanzanians to vote as alarm soars over stifling of democracy

  Tanzanians to vote as alarm soars over stifling of democracy Tanzanians head to the polls on Wednesday in an election set to be a litmus test of President John Magufuli's authoritarian style after a five-year crackdown on the opposition and freedom of speech. In a boost for the opposition's chances, Zitto Kabwe, the head of the popular ACT-Wazalendo party, this month endorsed Lissu for the presidency on the mainland, saying he "stands the best chance of beating President Magufuli in the presidential election.

Polls have closed in Tanzania ' s presidential and parliamentary elections . Opposition parties say the vote has been corrupted by manipulation and violence. An opposition party in Zanzibar says its presidential candidate was arrested when casting his vote.

Tanzania ’ s democracy faces a critical test in Wednesday’s election . Supporters of the Tanzanian ruling party rally in the outskirts of Stone Town on Oct. Supporters call him “Bulldozer” for pushing through policies. The main opposition parties have united behind Lissu, the candidate for the

Magufuli, 61, is looking to extend the rule of the CCM party, a version of which has held power since independence from Britain in 1961. It won the presidency with 58% of votes in 2015 and now holds about three-quarters of parliamentary seats.

In the race for 264 parliamentary seats, the leader of the opposition in the assembly, Freeman Mbowe, lost his seat in the north to his CCM challenger Saasisha Mafuwe, state broadcaster TBC reported.

While campaigning, Magufuli pledged to boost growth in East Africa's third largest economy with infrastructure projects kickstarted in his first term.

But the opposition and rights groups have complained that his administration has cracked down on critical voices, closing down media outlets and preventing opposition public rallies.

Opposition parties said electoral authorities disqualified dozens of their parliamentary candidates. The government has denied suppressing dissent and the National Electoral Commission has rejected charges of unfair treatment.

(Editing by Duncan Miriri and William Maclean)

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