Drama as re­sults from Tan­za­nian elec­tions trickle in

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

Heav­ily armed po­lice per­son­nel pa­trol ma­jor roads, while oth­ers sta­tioned them­selves in strate­gic ar­eas in of Dar Es Salam, the Tan­za­nian cap­i­tal. This may not be un­con­nected with the ris­ing num­ber of youths who are mostly the sup­port­ers of the op­po­si­tion Chadema Ukawa party.

Some of the youths spo­ken to by our re­porter near Oysterbay Pri­mary School area said they couldn’t go round as they are sup­port­ers of the op­po­si­tion party and are scared of the po­lice.

How­ever even the mem­bers of the CMM rul­ing party have not been seen go­ing round the city for fear of reprisals as this is the first gen­eral elec­tion with a strong cam­paign and in a mul­ti­party set­ting. There are re­ported in­ci­dents es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas where the elec­torate were ei­ther un­happy with the re­sults over al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, among oth­ers.

The Tan­za­nian Na­tional Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, NEC Chair­man Damian Lubavu says the elec­toral body is not se­lec­tive in an­nounc­ing pres­i­den­tial re­sults from con­stituen­cies. But Po­lice use tear gas to dis­perse crowds in Muleba Town as res­i­dents op­pose the par­lia­men­tary re­sults an­nounced early yes­ter­day.

CCM’s cam­paign com­mit­tee spokesman Mr. Jan­uary Makamba said the pre­lim­i­nary Elec­tion re­sults show the rul­ing party won 176 out of 264 con­stituen­cies in Tan­za­nia.

Par­tial re­sults from the elec­tions show that seven govern­ment min­is­ters have lost their par­lia­men­tary seats to the op­po­si­tion Ukawa coali­tion, which has ex­pressed con­cerns about the re­sults an­nounced so far.

CCM says they have so far re­claimed 11 con­stituen­cies that were taken by the Op­po­si­tion in the previous elec­tions.

Some of the ob­servers, in­clud­ing the African Union, AU Com­mon­wealth, Euro­pean Union and South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity SADC ad­dressed the press.

The African Union Com­mis­sioner for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs Ha­jiya Aisha Laraba Abudul­lahi said the elec­tion has gone very well and ob­serv­ing the count­ing process very well. She said the vol­un­tary union in Tan­za­nia and has been ob­serv­ing an av­er­age of ten to fif­teen elec­tions each year and called on the peo­ple to en­sure peace for the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

In his speech the Chair­man of the Com­mon­wealth ob­server group and Nige­ria’s former Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan said “We were in the coun­try on the 23 of Oc­to­ber and they formed teams that went round the coun­try to ob­serve the prepa­ra­tions ahead of the elec­tion. “We met with elec­toral of­fi­cials, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the po­lice at the district lev­els to gain a com­pre­hen­sive pic­ture of the elec­toral pro­cesses and en­vi­ron­ment”.

It is noted that even though the vot­ers card was cap­tured us­ing bio­met­ric data, but the vot­ing pat­tern was ana­logue as pen was used to thick the party of choice and not the use of thumbprint. While no op­po­si­tion pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has the right to seek for re­dress in the court. How­ever there is re­ported ten­sion in the semi-au­ton­o­mous na­tion of Zanz­ibar as it was re­ported that many peo­ple closed their shops and went home while govern­ment of­fices was open but some staff did not go to work for fear of vi­o­lence.

Ahead of the polls, a sur­vey by the Tan­za­nia Ed­u­ca­tion De­vel­op­ment Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion (TEDRO) showed var­ied re­sponses among vot­ers in Tan­za­nia. While some said they be­lieved former Premier Ed­ward Lowassa, who con­tested on be­half of the op­po­si­tion Ukawa coali­tion, can fix mas­sive un­em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, oth­ers think John Magu­fuli of the rul­ing CCM is good enough.

When Tan­za­ni­ans went to the polls in 2000, peo­ple ap­peared at that time more con­cerned about the con­tin­u­ing drop in their stan­dards of liv­ing.

The CCM, be­ing the rul­ing party, con­tin­ued re­in­forced the un­even play­ing field be­tween it and the op­po­si­tion and won eas­ily on the main­land.

In Zanz­ibar, the CCM again took power, but the elec­tions were marred by fraud, vi­o­lence, and the de­ten­tion with­out trial of CUF sup­port­ers.

Although Tan­za­nia prides it­self on be­ing a peacelov­ing na­tion, the prob­lems on Zanz­ibar re­flect the re­pres­sive na­ture of the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in the coun­try.

PHOTO Ibra­heem Hamza Muhd

Op­po­si­tion Chadema Ukawa cel­e­brat­ing, but are scared to go round Dar Es Salam.

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