Tanzanians in massive election turn out
Tanzanians yesterday turned out en mass to cast their votes in the country’s multiparty general elections.
Eight political parties have presented presidential candidates for the polls.
However, the election was largely a contest between the country’s former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa (62), who is representing the opposition, and John Magufuli (55), candidate of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party.
Many youths who turned out said they wanted a president who had interest in their destiny and who will provide jobs, ensure good governance and reduce poverty.
In most of the area visited like Oyster bay, Kidondoni, Kumbukumbu, Mchangani, Kisiwani, Don Bosco and Posta most of the electorates where seen voting with enthusiasm after they have been accredited.
Chairman, Commonwealth election observer mission and former Nigeria president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan also monitored the polls around Dar es Salam where in most areas urged all stakeholders particularly the National Election Commission (NEC) to ensure democratic tenets are followed to conclusion.
President Jakaya Kikwete, who can no longer contest after two terms, has called also called for peace.