World News – CA – Tanzania votes in election tainted with fraud charges


Tanzanians went to the polls for a presidential election on Wednesday, amid opposition complaints about ballot stuffing

President John Magufuli, who heads the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, was seeking a second term CCM has ruled the country since 1961

Prominent opposition figures and rights groups have accused President Magufuli of stifling democracy in a country that has long been seen as a bastion of stability in East Africa

« Voting reports show widespread irregularities in the form of preventing our polling officers from accessing polling stations, » Chadema party presidential candidate Tundu Lissu said on Twitter

« If this continues, mass democratic action will be the only option to protect the integrity of the elections, » said Lissu, who survived being shot 16 times in an assassination attempt there. at three years old

He then shared video footage of what he said was evidence of electoral fraud, with a man who was allegedly pulled over outside a polling station with a bag full of pre ballots. -full

Chadema secretary general John Mnyika told AFP news agency that one of their lawmakers in Dar es Salaam was briefly arrested after protesting the discovery of pre-filled ballot boxes

In Zanzibar, party official Muhene Said Rashid also claimed pre-filled ballots were seized from CCM « fanatics » and party agents were kicked out of some polling stations

There have been several reports of internet outages, with problems accessing social media and reported crackdowns on VPNs

The chairman of the Tanzanian electoral commission, Semistocles Kaijage, said there were no official complaints about rigged ballots

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