I meant to write a lot more on the elections, however, because I did a lot of work on it for UNICEF, none of the information quite made it on here.

Here are a few election highlights:

Despite the seemingly never-changing political dominance of the CCM, the now ruling party in Tanzania, competition between the main parties was the highest that its been in Tanzania’s political history.  Most of the main parties reached the majority of the country, and political rallies were in high attendance.  When we travelled to Lindi, we saw political party flags in almost every rural town we passed.

CCM main rival in the mainland, CHADEMA, found themselves butting heads most of the campaign. There were incidences of minor violence throughout the country, as supporters crashed each others political rallies. Only one death was reported, and injuries seemed to be quite minor.

There were a few reports of government strong arming during the election, including threats to shut down three local newspapers that were critical of the current government. 50 human rights organizations condemned the government for their “threats to the freedom of the press”. In the end, no newspapers were shut down.  

When election day came around, polls were rather peaceful, with a few violent outbreaks when people could not find their names on the official voter registry or people were accused of voting twice.  A few irregularities were reported, specifically regarding missing voters names, missing polling boxes, and mis-printed ballots; however, the few reports I have read have citied the election as largely transparent and fair.

There was minor fighting when election results took longer than expected to come out, however this subsided quickly.  Results have started to trickle in over the past few days, and a clear picture has already emerged:

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