DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania’s president is poised to be declared the winner of Wednesday’s election, whereas the ruling get together seems to have secured the two-thirds majority in parliament required to alter the structure.
Populist President John Magufuli has 83% of votes with 60% of ballots counted, the electoral fee mentioned Friday. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi get together has gained 194 parliament seats, whereas opposition events have gained simply two. Which means upsets even in opposition strongholds, with the leaders of the 2 most important opposition events shedding their seats.
The US has mentioned “irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory elevate severe doubts in regards to the credibility of the outcomes.” Major opposition presidential candidate Tundu Lissu with the CHADEMA get together, who has acquired 14% of the vote to this point, has rejected the election and known as for protests.
The opposition alleges widespread fraud together with double-voting, poll box-seizing and the rejection of 1000’s of election observers from polling stations. Few worldwide observers have been allowed to look at the vote.
The electoral fee has denied allegations of irregularities within the East African nation that’s one among Africa’s most populous nations and fastest-growing economies. Magufuli has pointed to the nation’s achievement of lower-middle-income standing as one cause he deserves one other time period.
However observers say Tanzania’s repute for democratic beliefs is crumbling, with Magufuli accused of severely stifling dissenting voices in his first five-year time period. Opposition political gatherings have been banned in 2016, the 12 months after he took workplace. Media retailers have been focused. Some candidates have been arrested, blocked from campaigning or disqualified forward of the vote.
Now some fear that the ruling get together will use the super-majority in parliament to alter the structure to increase the two-term restrict for the presidency. Some ruling get together leaders have known as for that change.
The worry of post-election violence lingers. The presidential candidate with the opposite most important opposition get together, ACT Wazalendo, within the semi-autonomous area of Zanzibar was arrested Thursday for the second time this week, then launched and advised to report back to police on Friday. One other ACT Wazalendo official in Zanzibar, Ismail Jussa, was badly overwhelmed by troopers and hospitalized, the get together mentioned.
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