Re­sults of Tan­za­nia’s elec­tions out in four days, says elec­toral body

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

With the mas­sive turn out and cast of votes on Sun­day in Tan­za­nia’s pres­i­den­tial, gen­eral and lo­cal elec­tions, votes are be­ing counted with the Chair­man, Tan­za­nian Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (NEC) re­tired Judge Damian Lubuva pledg­ing to an­nounce the win­ner within three to four days.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the elec­tion laws en­tails that the re­sults should be an­nounced early, within seven days from the day of vot­ing and not more.

“We are plan­ning to an­nounce the pres­i­den­tial re­sults as early as pos­si­ble, that is within three to four days, if all goes well.

“We urge all Tan­za­ni­ans to know that NEC will be re­ceiv­ing pres­i­den­tial re­sults from con­stituen­cies, ver­ify the re­sults and en­sure the re­sult tally with all con­stituen­cies and make a pub­lic an­nounce­ment of the win­ning can­di­date. NEC is the only in­sti­tu­tion tasked by the law to an­nounce the win­ning pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. Re­sults of the win­ning can­di­date an­nounced by NEC are the only ones to be re­spected,” he said.

While some are al­ready pre­dict­ing vic­tory for John Magu­fuli of the rul­ing party, former Prime Min­is­ter Ed­ward Lowassa, who has voiced con­cerns the poll may not be free or fair, is ex­pected to make strong show­ing.

More than 23 mil­lion peo­ple were reg­is­tered to vote in the gen­eral elec­tions in a to­tal of 64,736 vot­ing sta­tions out of which 63,156 vot­ing cen­tres are in Tan­za­nia Main­land and 1,580 in Zanz­ibar semi­au­tonomous re­gion.

The elec­toral com­mis­sion has en­sured that po­lit­i­cal agents in­volved in the polls were not al­lowed to in­ter­fere with ad­min­is­tra­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the vot­ing cen­tre’s re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, as elec­tion re­sults are be­ing recorded in forms 21A, 21B and 21C.

Th­ese forms would be signed by the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer and po­lit­i­cal party agents and each of the agents would get a copy of all the re­sults.

How­ever dur­ing the elec­tions, peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, ex­pec­tant women and the el­derly who can­not stand in line for long were given pri­or­ity in the polls de­scribed as gen­er­ally peace­ful across the coun­try.

The In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP), Mr Ernest Mangu said “the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try is good ex­cept for some few crises and the force would en­sure that the coun­try re­mained peace­ful and that any in­ci­dent of law­less­ness would be dealt with squarely as re­gional po­lice com­man­ders (RPCs) have been di­rected to do every­thing within their reach to make vot­ers and all Tan­za­ni­ans live with­out fear.”

How­ever, the Di­rec­tor of Elec­tions, Mr Kail­ima Ra­mad­hani Komb­wey, said there was cri­sis in Ki­mara Tem­boni area by vot­ing of­fi­cers who were de­mand­ing more pay lead­ing to the de­struc­tion of bal­lot boxes and other im­por­tant doc­u­ments.

Also, about 200 youths armed with tra­di­tional weapons burnt ve­hi­cle stuffed with elec­toral ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing 45 bal­lot boxes al­leg­ing the boxes were filled with thumb printed bal­lot pa­pers. The Rukwa Re­gional Po­lice Com­man­der (RPC), Ja­cob Mwaruanda said the in­ci­dent hap­pened in Zimba Vil­lage, Lake Rukwa Basin, in Kwela Con­stituency, Sum­bawanga Dis­trict but no ca­su­alty was recorded but eight peo­ple have been ar­rested. Mean­while, re­ports from Chato Con­stituency have it that the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Chama Cha Mapin­duzi (CCM), Dr John Magu­fuli, cast his vote at around 11am at Magu­fuli Pri­mary School. Ac­cord­ing to the Chato Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer, Mr Joel Ally, the ex­er­cise was equally con­ducted freely and peace­fully with the pos­si­bil­ity of an­nounc­ing the re­sults for new coun­cil­lors and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) soon.

While in the main­land, the only fe­male pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Anna Magh­wira of ACT cast her vote in Kibaoni Pri­maru School in Singida. CUF Chadema pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Ed­ward Lowassa voted in Ngarash Pri­mary school in En­gun­toto Mon­duli Dis­trict in Arusha re­gion.

Nonethe­less, the Labour Party (TLP) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Mr McMil­lan Ly­imo had a dif­fer­ent story. He was reg­is­tered to vote in Dar es Salaam, but when he rounded up cam­paign in Vunjo Con­stituency in Moshi Ru­ral Dis­trict in­stead of go­ing back to the cap­i­tal, he called at Gha­lani-Kilo­to­toni Polling Cen­tre, Himo Town­ship, for vot­ing, but he was told by the as­sis­tant re­turn­ing of­fi­cer to fill form num­ber 18 to be al­lowed to vote for the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date only, but un­for­tu­nate, he was not with the vot­ing ID card as he said he for­got it at home.

How­ever in the semi­au­tonomous re­gion of Zanz­ibar, the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the CCM, Dr Ali Mo­hamed Shein and his wife, Mama Mwanamwema, voted in Bungi School in Un­guja Cen­tral Dis­trict. The union Vice-Pres­i­dent, Dr Mo­hamed Gharib Bi­lal, voted at Kiem­be­samaki School while the run­ning mate for the Union pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Ms Samia Su­luhu Has­san, voted at Kiem­be­samaki. The CUF’s Zanz­ibar Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Maalim Seif Sharif ha­mad voted at Gara­gara’s Mtoni Ki­datu in Zanz­ibar.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Jakaya Kik­wete who is a re­tired army of­fi­cer and vet­eran of the Tan­za­nian Uganda war said he was happy af­ter serv­ing the coun­try for ten years as pres­i­dent.

He said “My suc­ces­sor will be able to per­form his du­ties with great suc­cess only if the peo­ple ac­cord him the nec­es­sary sup­port to per­form even more than what I re­ceived in the last ten years. Even if I de­cide to ex­tend the lead­er­ship term, I can­not han­dle each and ev­ery is­sue on board. The Fa­ther of the Na­tion, Mwal­imu Julius Ny­erere, led for 23 years, yet he could not solve all the prob­lems. He left the of­fice to Mzee Ali Has­san Mwinyi to move on, who as well gave the re­lay stick to Mzee Benjamin Mkapa, who was my pre­de­ces­sor. The same ap­plies to me. Some­one else has to take over.”

Pres­i­dent Kik­wete was first elected as the 4th Pres­i­dent of the United Re­pub­lic of Tan­za­nia on De­cem­ber 14, 2005 and re-elected on Oc­to­ber 31, 2010. In his more than 30 years of pub­lic ser­vice, Pres­i­dent Kik­wete served in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties af­ter he joined the Cabi­net in 1988 where he held sev­eral min­is­te­rial port­fo­lios, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Wa­ter, En­ergy and Min­er­als and For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion.

He was the longest serv­ing For­eign Min­is­ter in the his­tory of Tan­za­nia af­ter serv­ing for ten years. In 2007, Mr Kik­wete was elected Chair­man of the SADC on Se­cu­rity, Defence and Pol­i­tics, where he was deeply in­volved in the search for peace­ful so­lu­tion to the po­lit­i­cal crises in South­ern Africa re­gion, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal crises in Zim­babwe and Le­sotho.

In the lo­cal scene, he had set out an am­bi­tious agenda for faster and sus­tained eco­nomic growth. On Jan­uary 31, 2008, Pres­i­dent Kik­wete was elected Chair­man of the African Union (AU) As­sem­bly of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment, where he took a proac­tive role in res­o­lu­tion of con­flicts in the Re­pub­lic of Kenya and the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo (DRC). With the elec­tions, he can­not af­ford to achieve less.

John Magu­fuli

Ed­ward Lowassa

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