CANADA has congratulated Tanzania for conducting peaceful general election and applauded President Jakaya Kikwete, on his re-election for the second and last term in office. In a statement issued through the Canadian High Commission in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, the Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Lawrence Cannon, said his country welcomes the results of the October 31 polls and wishes President Kikwete a productive second term in office. "We applaud the people of Tanzania on holding largely peaceful yet competitive elections that allowed for freedom of expression, association, movement and assembly. "In particular, we commend the political parties of Zanzibar for accepting peacefully the results of the very close race and for being willing to move forward with the power-sharing Government of National Unity, as was envisioned in the successful July referendum", said the Minister. Mr Cannon said Tanzania remains a key partner for Canada in Africa, and his country welcomes Tanzania's achievements in its evolution toward a vibrant multi-party democracy. Canada contributed significantly to this election by providing funding through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to the UN Development Programme's Election Support Project in Tanzania, and to the Commonwealth Secretariat so that it could send an observer group to monitor the elections. Four staff members of the High Commission in Dar es Salaam also served as observers within the EU election observation mission.