Thursday, October 29, 2015

The National Electoral Commission in Tanzania  (NEC), has declared John Magufuli the winner of Tanzania's general elections after scooping 58.46 percent of votes, defeating his nearest rival, Edward Lowassa from theopposition Chadema party, who obtained 39.97 percent of ballots.
However, Mr Lowassa who came second declined to sign the consent forms following earlier claims of fraud and demands for a recount of the tightly contested election.
Efforts to get comments from the Opposition were proved futile, as the coalition high-ranking officials couldn’t be reached over the phone.
Reliable sources said that the opposition officials were engaged in a meeting and would address the press conference to declare their way forward.
Immediately after the results were announced at around 5oclock east African time  by the chairman of the commission there some reaction from the political divide in the country
According to the Tanzania’s constitution, the results of presidential elections cannot be challenged in any court of law once declared by the National Electoral Commission (NEC).

Mr Magufuli, 56, a cabinet minister in the outgoing government led by retiring President Jakaya Kikwete, received 8.8 million votes against Mr Lowassa’s 6.7 million.
NEC Director, Ramadhan Kailima said Dr Magufuli, would be sworn in tomorrow at 10:00 aA.M east African time as a fifth Tanzania’s President.
His win continues CCM’s grip on power in Tanzania after governing the country since Independence in 1961.
Election observers have called for a speedy resolution of the stalemate in Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous islands that make up the union with Tanzania, where elections were annulled on Wednesday over allegations of fraud.

Reports from different part of the country show that security have been beefed up as tension continue to mount on Chadema strong hold Regions.


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