Tanzanian President John Magufuli re-elected with 84pc of votes, his main rival Tundu Lissu a distant second with 13%, electoral commission announces
In the results announced by National Electoral Commission chairman Judge Semitocles Kaijage in Dar es salaam on Friday, President Magufuli emerged the winner with 12,516, 252 of the total votes cast in the polls held on October 28.
His closest contender Tundu Lisu garnered 1,933,271 of the total voted cast.
With the landslide victory in the October 28 polls, the president will go into his second term after improving his 2015 victory margin by 3,633,317 votes.
The US embassy in Dar es Salaam said that “irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts about the credibility of the results… as well as concerns about the government of Tanzania’s commitment to democratic values”.
pre-checked ballots, Kawe Dar es Salaam. All checked in favor of CCM. This is a constituency where there a difference of at least 100,000 votes between registered voters and votes cast. Total votes exceed number of registered voters. Kawe has been under Chadema leadership
— Robert Amsterdam (@robertamsterdam) October 31, 2020
In 2015, he won the presidential poll by 58.46 percent of the total votes cast after garnering 8,829,350 votes. He beat his closest challenger Edward Lowassa who garnered 6,072,848 votes.
On Thursday, Tanzania’s main opposition presidential candidate Lissu rejected the results of the vote, terming it a fraud.
At a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Lissu, who ran on the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), said the figures being announced by the National Electoral Commission could not be verified.
Magufuli just stole #TanzaniaElections2020! What happens next? Will East Africa become the poster region for rigged elections. Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and now Tanzania! East Africa has become the SI unit for how to steal an election. https://t.co/HzK1dhK0ES
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) October 30, 2020
“We do not recognise what happened yesterday (Wednesday) … because it was marred by irregularities in all stages.
Lissu said his party would not accept any results from the polls and called on the masses to “take the matter in their own hands” by engaging in peaceful demonstrations.
Chadema and several other opposition politicians said the vote had been rigged in favour of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi.
Zitto Kabwe, the party leader of ACT-Wazalendo, another opposition party, said the elections had confirmed Tanzania’s growth into a dictatorship.
We are concerned by credible reports of election irregularities and the use of force against unarmed civilians, and will hold responsible individuals accountable. We urge Tanzanian authorities to take immediate steps to restore faith in the democratic process. https://t.co/LPw5IAJvo8
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) October 30, 2020
On behalf of the People of #Burundi, and on my own behalf, I extend to President @MagufuliJP my heartfelt and warmest congratulations for his re-election. I congratulate the People of #Tanzania who decided their future in peace and displayed their democratic maturity.
— Gen. Maj. Evariste Ndayishimiye (@GeneralNeva) October 30, 2020