ARUSHA, 2 November 2020 – Tanzania’s two main opposition parties have called for fresh elections, after decrying last Wednesday’s presidential ballot as fraudulent.
The leader of the National Electoral Commission, Semistocles Kaijage, said allegations of fraud were unsubstantiated.
The Chadema and ACT-Wazalendo parties also called for “continuous, peaceful, countrywide” mass protests.
The chairperson of Chadema, Freeman Mbowe, told a joint press conference on Saturday that the protests will start on 2 November 2020 and last “until our demands are met”.
Incumbent President John Magufuli was declared winner with 84 percent of the vote.
Tundu Lissu, the flagbearer of Chadema and main rival of Mr. Magufuli, won just 13 percent of the vote.
While Mr. Mugufuli has been in power since 2015, his ruling CCM party has been in power since independence in 1961.
“We call for first elections as soon as possible,” Mbowe added, explaining that their representatives were stopped from entering polling stations amplifying allegations that ballot boxes were stuffed and/or tampered with.
“We cannot accept going back to a one-party system,” said ACT-Wazalendo leader Zitto Kabwe.