World Tanzania's Magufuli leads presidential race as opposition cries foul

13:20  30 october  2020
13:20  30 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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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 Millions are due to cast their votes on Wednesday in simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections in Tanzania .

Olivia Bitungwa admires Tanzania ’ s president John Magufuli so much that she went out and bought a sarong-like kanga imprinted with his face ahead of Wednesday’s general election. Opposition candidate Tundu Lissu said a win for president John Magufuli would be a disaster for Tanzania .

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tanzania's President John Magufuli is leading the presidential election count, preliminary results showed on Friday, after a contest this week dismissed by the opposition as a "travesty" of a poll due to widespread irregularities.

John Githongo wearing a suit and tie holding a sign posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: Tanzania's President Magufuli addresses a news conference during his official visit to Nairobi © Reuters/Thomas Mukoya FILE PHOTO: Tanzania's President Magufuli addresses a news conference during his official visit to Nairobi

Magufuli's CCM party, a version of which has held power in Tanzania since independence from Britain in 1961, has already retained power in the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar with 76% of the vote.

Dozens of opposition party officials and members were arrested in Zanzibar on Thursday and at least one is in hospital with severe injuries after he was beaten by the police, who have not commented on the incident.

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Tanzania ’ s main opposition party, Chadema, nominated Tundu Lissu, as the Presidential flagbearer. Lissu cried foul on Tuesday over return of nomination forms alleging ‘’irregularities and organised sabotage’’ of Tanzania ’ s opposition candidates on nomination day.

Tanzania ’ s National Electoral Commission (NEC) began releasing parliamentary election results on Thursday with the opposition losing key seats in a The NEC director of elections, Wilson Charles Mahera, said they would shortly begin releasing results from a presidential race in which John

Magufuli has garnered 84.67% of the vote from 142 constituencies that have reported so far, just over half of the total, the state broadcaster TBC said, citing the electoral commission.

Tundu Lissu, his main challenger, has said that he won't accept the eventual election results - expected within the next few days - due to the irregularities. Lissu is running for the Chadema party.

The U.S. Embassy in the East African country said there had been "credible allegations of significant election-related fraud and intimidation" in Wednesday's poll in which voters were electing a president and lawmakers.

The vote was marred by allegations of arrests of candidates and protesters, restrictions on agents of political parties to access polling stations, multiple voting, pre-ticking of ballots and widespread blocking of social media, the U.S. Embassy said.

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Tanzania ' s president John Magufuli hopes to win another five-year term when the East African nation holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday, amid >>Eye on Africa: Tanzania opposition figure returns home from exile to challenge president . The ruling party CCM, a version of

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania An opposition presidential candidate in Zanzibar detained as he tried to vote early on Tuesday has been released, after nine people were shot dead by security forces ahead of Wednesday' s elections, according to his party.

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

Magufuli is seeking a second, five-year term, and has promised voters that he will boost the economy by completing ambitious infrastructure projects he started in his first term.

Zitto Kabwe, the leader of the main opposition party in Zanzibar, ACT-Wazalendo, and Chadema's leader in parliament, Freeman Mbowe, are among dozens of opposition candidates who have lost their seats to the ruling party.

(Writing by Duncan Miriri and Giulia Paravicini, Editing by William Maclean)

Tanzania: John Magufuli and his CCM party maneuver to stay "in power forever" .
Parliament is now held by a regime that stifles all dissent. © Provided by Franceinfo Tanzanian President John Magufuli, re-elected on October 28, 2020 with an overwhelming score, is on the way to annihilate the entire opposition, as a first step towards the establishment of an irremovable and undivided power. A project that he no longer hides.

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