Populist President John Magufuli has 83 percent of votes with 60 percent of ballots counted, the electoral commission said Friday. That means upsets in opposition strongholds, together with the leaders of both principal opposition parties losing their chairs.
The USA has stated, “the overwhelming margins of success raise serious doubts regarding the trustworthiness of the outcomes.” Main opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu together with all the CHADEMA celebration, that has received 14 percent of the vote up to now, has resisted the election and called for protests.
The vote” indicated the most important backsliding from Tanzania’s democratic credentials,” Tanzania Elections Watch, several regional specialists, stated in an examination released Friday. It noted that a heavy deployment of army and police whose behavior created a”climate of fear”
“The electoral procedure, up to now, drops far below the acceptable global standards” for holding fair and free elections,” the team stated.
The opposition alleges widespread irregularities such as blocks on web and text messaging solutions, double-voting, ballot box-seizing along with also the rejection of thousands of election observers from polling stations. Few international observers have been permitted to see the vote.
The electoral commission has denied allegations of irregularities at the East African country that’s one of Africa’s most populous nations and fastest-growing economies. Magufuli has pointed to the nation’s accomplishment of lower-middle-income standing as one reason that he deserves another term.
However, observers state Tanzania’s standing for democratic ideals is crumbling, with Magufuli accused of seriously stifling dissenting voices within his very first five-year term. Media outlets are targeted. Some candidates were detained, blocked by campaigning, or disqualified before the vote.
Some worry the ruling party will use the super-majority from parliament to alter the constitution to expand the two-term limitation to the presidency. Some ruling party leaders also have called for that shift.
The presidential candidate together with another principal opposition party, ACT Wazalendo, at the semi-autonomous area of Zanzibar was arrested Thursday for the second time, then released and told to report to authorities on Friday. The other ACT Wazalendo official in Zanzibar, Ismail Jussa, was severely beaten by soldiers hospitalized, ” the party stated.
Many Tanzanians observed in dismay. “29 #October 2020: Among the very most gloomy times in the governmental #history of #Tanzania,” tweeted Chambi Chachage, a lecturer in African American studies at Princeton University.