Demos in Dar as Magufuli leads Lowassa in Tanzania poll


Police trying to calm down rowdy crowds


Demonstrations are being reported in several parts of Tanzania including Dar es Salaam following a delay by the National Electoral Commission [NEC] to release electoral results.

Earlier, police battled crowds with teargas in Mwanza that had gathered on streets to wait for election results.

Security forces have also rushed to polling centres in Ukonga where vote counting is underway.

NEC chair Justice, Damian Lubuva, announced that the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi [CCM] party candidate, John Magufuli, had won the first three constituencies; Paje, Makunduchi and Lulindi, (out of 265) in the first batch of the provisional presidential results.

Magufuli led on three polling stations with 46,044 votes followed by opposition Chadema’s, Edward Lowassa, with 15,211 votes and ACT-Wazalendo’s Anna Nghwira with 586 votes.

In the second batch of the presidential elections, Magufuli is leading in ten more polling stations with 150,654 votes, Chadema’s Lowassa 83,349, and ACT’s Anna 1,627 votes.

Meanwhile, Lowassa complained of intimidation saying the environment is polluted and not conducive for fair competition.


Tanzania police patrolling the streets

Lowassa, according to The Citizen, has requested that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to be diligent in releasing election results especially in parts of the country where he believes his party has won.

Lowassa added that he fears that delay in releasing results in some parts of the country saying the move could be aimed at favouring CCM’s Pombe Magufuli.

“I have seen the results released by NEC so far and I thought there could be some changes but they are still favouring CCM candidate contrary to the reality on the ground,” he said.

Commenting on the election process Lowassa said:  “So far good, but there is a problem with the way NEC is handling the results because they’re a long  time to announce the results while the voting process has ended.”

The former prime minister told journalists today at a press conference held at the opposition coalition’s headquarters that he is confident he will win the General election and commended Tanzanians for turning out in large numbers to vote.

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