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Tanzania’s incumbent president poised to be declared winner

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Populist President John Magufuli has 83 % of votes with 60 % of ballots counted, says Tanzania’s electoral fee.

Tanzania’s incumbent president is poised to be declared the overwhelming winner of Wednesday’s election regardless of widespread allegations of fraud, whereas the governing get together seems to have secured the two-thirds majority in parliament required to alter the structure.

Populist President John Magufuli has 83 % of votes with 60 % of ballots counted, the electoral fee mentioned on Friday. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi get together has received 194 seats within the 393-member parliament, whereas opposition events have managed to win simply two, with the leaders of the 2 major opposition events shedding their seats.

America has mentioned, “Irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory elevate critical doubts concerning the credibility of the outcomes.”

Foremost opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu of the CHADEMA get together, who has obtained 14 % of the vote thus far, has rejected the election and known as for protests.

The vote “marked probably the most vital backsliding in Tanzania’s democratic credentials”, Tanzania Elections Watch, a bunch of regional specialists, mentioned in an evaluation launched on Friday. It famous a heavy deployment of army and police whose conduct created a “local weather of concern”.

“The electoral course of, thus far, falls means beneath the appropriate worldwide requirements” for holding free and honest elections, the group mentioned.

The opposition alleges widespread irregularities together with blackouts of web and textual content messaging providers, double voting, poll box-seizing and the rejection of 1000’s of election observers from polling stations. Few worldwide observers had been allowed to observe the vote.

The electoral fee has denied allegations of irregularities within the East African nation that’s considered one of Africa’s most populous nations and fastest-growing economies. Magufuli has pointed to the nation’s achievement of lower-middle-income standing as one motive he deserves one other time period.

Few worldwide observers had been allowed to observe the vote [File: Patrick Meinhardt/AFP]

However observers say Tanzania’s repute for democratic beliefs is crumbling, with Magufuli accused of severely stifling dissenting voices in his first five-year time period. Opposition political gatherings had been banned in 2016, the yr after he took workplace. Media shops have been focused. Some candidates had been arrested, prevented from campaigning or disqualified forward of the vote.

Now some fear that the governing get together will use the super-majority in parliament to alter the structure to increase the two-term restrict for the presidency. Some governing get together leaders have known as for that change.

The concern of post-election violence lingers. The presidential candidate with the opposite major opposition get together, ACT Wazalendo, within the semi-autonomous area of Zanzibar was arrested on Thursday for the second time this week, then launched and informed to report back to police on Friday.

One other ACT Wazalendo official in Zanzibar, Ismail Jussa, was badly overwhelmed by troopers and hospitalised, the get together mentioned.

Many Tanzanians watched in dismay. “29 #October 2020: One of the vital most gloomy days within the political #historical past of #Tanzania,” tweeted Chambi Chachage, a lecturer in African research at Princeton College.