Tanzania: Opposition leader accuses President Magufuli of rigging elections

Tanzania elections [photo:BBC]

Oct, 29th 2020 – Tanzania’s main opposition leader Tundu Lissu says there has been widespread vote rigging in Wednesday’s elections an allegation that the National Electoral Commission has denied.

Reports say Internet users have also reported being blocked on WhatsApp and Twitter, among other sites.

The 52 year old lawyer has gained a reputation as an outspoken critic of Mr. Magufuli. He survived an assassination attempt three years ago and went to Belgium where he underwent rounds of treatment for the gunshot wounds.

Athuman Mtulya, BBC’s correspondent in Dar es Salaam says both Mr. Magufuli and Mr. Lissu have had huge crowds during their campaigns. However, Mr. Lissu’s campaign was suspended for seven days after being accused of revolting, by the electoral commission. He accused Mr. Magufuli of planning to rig elections, but the rubbished the allegations.

President John Magufuli, whose Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) party has governed Tanzania for decades, is seeking a second term in office. Under Tanzania’s electoral rules, the winning candidate requires a simple majority to be declared president.

Compared to the 2015 polls, this year’s polls have increased by six million registered voters bringing it to about 29.1 million registered voters. Poll results¬† are expected within a week.

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