Tanzania invites international observers for polls

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Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has invited international organisations to observe the process of campaigning, voting and announcement of the results of the general election scheduled for October 28 this year.

A representative of the Director of Elections, Ms Catherine Balali, said this in Sumbawanga Municipal Council, Rukwa Region, at an election stakeholders’ meeting last Fridayon Friday.

According to Ms Balali, NEC has issued permits to 16 international organisations, adding that among them were the United Nations, African Union (AU), East Africa Community and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). Others on the list are Secretariat of Commonwealth Community and non-governmental organisations.

“NEC is communicating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Co-operation to get the list of international election observers,” Ms Balali said.

She emphasised that the national electoral body was working hard to ensure preparations for the general election were completed on time, adding that everything was going well as planned.

National Election Commissioner Omary Ramadhan Mapuli said 29,183,347 voters had been registered for the general election of whom 29,059,840 were from Mainland Tanzania and 128,840 from Zanzibar.

He said 13,211 persons with disabilities had registered to vote and would be assisted to ensure they exercised their democratic rights at polling stations.

Religious leaders who attended the meeting highlighted the need to maintain peace before, during and after the elections. – The Street Journal

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