Re-elected as head of state for another five-year term after the last presidential elections, John Magufuli received an official certificate confirming his election victory in Dodoma. Magufuli was declared the winner on Friday with 84% of the vote, while his party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), won 97% of the 264 seats in Parliament.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced that he does not intend to run for a third term, while congratulating the peaceful elections: « We voted peacefully, we also saw Tanzania receive the results peacefully, it proved to the world that Tanzanians are mature in terms of elections and democracy, but we also proved to the world that Tanzanians love peace. Now that the election is over, it is time to get back to work.
The Tanzanian opposition, however, disagrees with President John Magufuli, calling on his supporters to take to the streets on Monday to protest the landslide victory, which it calls fraudulent. Her main opponent Tundu Lissu called for a new election. But Electoral Commission Chairman Semistocles Kaijage said in Friday night’s announcement that all the votes were legitimate.
On the other hand, the U.S. said that « the irregularities and overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts about the credibility of the announced results. Few international election observers were present, unlike in previous years. The vote « marked the most significant setback to Tanzania’s democratic credentials, » said Tanzania Elections Watch, a group of regional experts, in an assessment released Friday. It noted a massive deployment of military and police whose conduct created a « climate of fear.
« The electoral process so far falls far short of acceptable international standards » for free and fair elections, the group said. The opposition reports widespread irregularities, including double voting and seizure of ballot boxes by security forces or other authorities. For his part, Tanzanian President John Magufuli promised to work with his rivals.