Tan­za­ni­ans in mas­sive elec­tion turn out

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Ibra­heem Hamza Muham­mad, Dar Es Salam, Tan­za­nia

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.

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