Tan­za­nia annuls Zanz­ibar vote over ‘vi­o­la­tions’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Elec­tions on Tan­za­nia’s semi-au­ton­o­mous archipelago of Zanz­ibar have been an­nulled for not be­ing free and fair, the chair­man of the is­lands’ elec­toral com­mis­sion has said.

Jecha Salum Jecha said youths had in­vaded polling sta­tions, votes had been tam­pered with and elec­toral com­mis­sion­ers had ex­changed blows.

The ma­jor­ity of the crit­i­cism were lev­elled at the vote on Pemba Is­land.

Zanz­ibaris voted in lo­cal and na­tional elec­tions on Sun­day.

The elec­tions in Tan­za­nia are the most com­pet­i­tive in the coun­try’s his­tory, with four op­po­si­tion par­ties form­ing the Ukawa coali­tion.

Ukawa’s na­tional pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ed­ward Lowassa said dis­crep­an­cies in Zanz­ibar’s lo­cal elec­tions could be mir­rored in the na­tional vote.

Ear­lier, he called for the elec­toral com­mis­sion to stop re­leas­ing re­sults, al­leg­ing the whole process na­tion­wide had been marred by fraud.

He urged his sup­port­ers to re­main calm and not to take to the streets and protest.

Pre­vi­ous elec­tions have turned vi­o­lent on Zanz­ibar, which is made up of the is­lands of Un­guja and Pemba and is pop­u­lar with tourists.

In his state­ment, Mr Jecha ac­cused Zanz­ibari com­mis­sion­ers of par­ti­san.

On Mon­day, Ukawa can­di­date Seif Sharif Ha­mad had de­clared him­self the win­ner of the Zanz­ibari pres­i­den­tial poll.

It is un­clear if and when new elec­tions for the pres­i­dent and par­lia­ment of the archipelago will be held, he says. elec­toral

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Zanz­ibar main­tains a po­lit­i­cal union with Tan­za­nia, but has its own par­lia­ment and pres­i­dent

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