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Tanzania Electoral bodies under fire.

Discussion in 'Uchaguzi Tanzania' started by Ngolinda, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Ngolinda

    Ngolinda Senior Member

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    Controversy over the two Tanzanian electoral commissions and alleged Special Branch involvement on the side of the ruling party in the just ended general election, deepened last week with international observers and local political parties calling for a review of the commissions.

    The Civic United Front (CUF), Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) and EU election observers are calling for an official inquiry into the involvement of the Tanzania Electoral Commission, the Zanzibar Electoral Commission and the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service (TISS) in helping Chama cha Mapinduzi win the election.
    The explosive issue of the 2010 general election results threatens to engulf the two commissions, which have been criticised before for dragging its heels while investigating serious complaints.

    David Martin, chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission in Tanzania, said the ruling party benefited from an historical control of the administrative structure that was sometimes indistinct from the well-organised CCM party structure.
    Mr Martin said that the EU is also concerned about the independence of state organs from the incumbent party as large numbers of election-related key positions are directly or indirectly appointed by the Union president, who was also a candidate for re-election.

    “The EU is concerned by any delays in the announcement of the results as this creates both uncertainty and suspicion among the electorate and we have concerns about the transparency of the aggregation process,” he said.
    According to the EU, on the Mainland, CCM enjoyed the advantages of the incumbency and also what seemed a broad financial base allowing it to carry out campaigns with an overwhelming visibility compared with other parties.
    Overall, the lack of sufficient financial resources undermined the campaigning capacity of the parties. The situation was worsened by an extremely long campaign period.
    The EU also criticised the Tanzania election process, especially the requirement that candidates must be members of and proposed by a political party to stand for the general elections, saying this is not in conformity with international principles.
    “This requirement restricts the effective right and opportunity to stand for election of individuals who aim to contest as independent candidates and, consequently, limits the voter’s choice of candidates,” said Mr Martin.
    The East African Community observer team also criticised the Tanzania electoral process, saying that the polls had several flaws, including the limited time available for the distribution of election materials.

    In its preliminary report, it says the one-week period the NEC gave itself left little time to correct errors encountered in distribution of election materials to the voting centres.
    Abdul Karim Harelimana, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly from Rwanda, said that the voters’ register was published only one week before the election, leaving no time for the voters to verify their names.
    “The mission noted that the one-week period was not sufficient to correct any material errors that could arise if voters failed to verify or cross-check their names on the voters’ register,” he said.

    Slow reaction

    According to the EAC, many voters did not find their names in the register at many voting centres in several parts of the country, and most election supervisors tended to play down the complaints.
    Prof Rwekaza Mkandala, chairman of the Tanzania Election Monitoring Committee told The EastAfrican in Dar es Salaam last week that the explanation by NEC personnel that delays were due to their lack of mastery of the new computerised counting system was not accepted by anxious voters.
    Prof Mukandala said many party followers suspected that fake voting papers were being used to rig the election, making them determined to remain within the vicinity of the polling station to monitor all suspicious activities.
    He said Regional and District Commissioners placed state resources like vehicles at the disposal of the incumbent presidential candidate.
    “In several places the presidential candidate in power addressed public meetings outside the legal campaign time [beyond 6pm] a practice which was then imitated by other presidential candidates, especially Dr Willibrod Slaa of Chadema,” said Prof Mukandala.
    There were several cases of new government decisions being announced or previously made decisions being reversed in campaign meetings, in violation of the code of ethics.
    Dr Slaa said that the intelligence service was involved in manipulating the presidential votes. He said his party had uncovered significant vulnerabilities in the electronic voting systems, which he claimed were manipulated by TISS officers to give votes to CCM, raising concerns about what already looks to be one of the most divisive elections in Tanzania history.
    “My biggest concern is that in a very large trusted computing base, the threat of somebody with access to the development environment of the code base, particularly the vendor, basically is in a position to make the outcome of the election come out how they would like, and it’s virtually undetectable,” he said.
    Chadema also expressed concerns about the potential for vendors to influence elections, especially since, he said, some TISS officers had taken active roles in operating polling stations.

    The Chadema candidate also alleged a plot to increase CCM candidates’ votes at the district tallying centre level. This, he alleged, was where the votes from the polling stations had been altered.
    “At Muheza, No. 40401 polling centre, the CCM presidential candidate got only 92 votes and Chadema scored 57, and this was recorded by our clerks and signed at the station. But the NEC announced 359 votes for CCM and 15 votes for Chadema,” he claimed.
    Chadema demanded the resignation of the National Security director, accusing him of failing to treat all Tanzanians fairly. The party also urged the international community and election observers to release their reports immediately.
    The party also claimed that in five constituencies, results forms A and B for the presidential candidates and parliamentary candidates had vanished.
    In a rare response, Jack Zoka, deputy director general of TISS, told The EastAfrican that the agency was not involved in the general election as claimed by Chadema but was monitoring the security of the country.

    Dr Azaveli Feza Lwaitama, a senior lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, said it was difficult to declare outright that the elections were fair, “When the playing ground wasn’t level with some candidates and parties having more resources than others.”
    Dr Lwaitama said the mechanics of running NEC needed to be improved even though the performance of the electoral body was better than in previous elections.
    “Maybe more resources are required for NEC for it to attract the best personnel in the market, instead of relying on people who weren’t necessarily in the career of manning elections,” said Dr Lwaitama.

    Source:The East African
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    MULANGIRA Member

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    This is a damning indictment to the entire electoral process in Tanzania. It also show how Makame, Kiravu did Kikwete's dirty job. He is a cheat and unworthy to lead our beautiful country.
  3. PakaJimmy

    PakaJimmy JF-Expert Member

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    Unless if I dont understand the meaning of FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS, but really i i get a stomach-blow whenever i happen to hear this phrase regarding our recent elections!
    For my case, the elections were not FREE, as the Millitary organs involved themselves deeply in the process, and there were all kinds of scary and undefined environment ahead, during, and post-electionsactions!
    In the case of FAIRNESS, thats where all the fabulous myth lies!..even the dogs saw that there wasnt any trace of fairness in the general process.
    Could somebody probably clarify to me the comment by some crooks that the process was free and fair!
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    Fishyfish JF-Expert Member

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    So CCM is under fire, what else is new.
  5. Msanii

    Msanii JF-Expert Member

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    Who will change what??
  6. The Finest

    The Finest JF-Expert Member

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    This should have been done a way long back even before we started the elections but in one way or another even if it's not today whatever they did it will backfire.

    QUALITY JF-Expert Member

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    This is an example of what was done countriwide. This was done intetionary. Recording 92 as and 57 as 359 and 15 respectively is not an error in picking but was done to favour CCM and this was instructional!:rip:
  8. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    Pamoja na kwamba hii habari inaonekana kama njema machoni, mimi naona huu ni unafiki mwingine tu wa EU and the so called Wahisani. Inanikumbusha jinsi vile walivyokuwa na habari zote kuzuia genocide ya Rwanda isitokee lakini hawakujali na pale ilipotokea ndiyo wakaja juu kama vile wanajali sana.

    Hapa wanachojua EU ni kwamba, wamepata guarantee nyingine ya miaka mingine mitano ya dubious contracts kuwa signed na kugongwa mihuri kwenye mahoteli London na Paris kutokana na unafiki wa viongozi wetu wengi wasio na chembe ya uzalendo kwa Taifa letu.

    Even funnier, ni hili walilosema:
    Hii ni kebehi nyingine tu kwetu. Mosi, wao kama observers au EU, kwanini waingilie operations za TISS ndani ya sovereign state? (assuming TISS ni wenye uzalendo kwa Taifa hili), jambo ambalo pahala pengi linajulikana sivyo kutokana na kashfa mbalimbali ambazo zimeshalikumba Taifa hili (EPA, MEREMETA, RICHMOND to name but few) nao TISS wakijua bali wakafumbia macho. Pili, ni kebehi kwani wanajua fika ni jinsi gani TISS ilivyo jijenga na wapi makucha yake yalipo. Hivyo uchunguzi mwingine wowote utakaofanyika nao utaishia 'kuchakachuliwa' tu.

    Kingine kinachonifanya niseme huu ni unafiki, ni kule kuelezea kwao hoja ya wagombea binafsi. Hili swala walilijua kwa marefu na mapana wakati kesi zake zikiendelea na mijadala ikifuka moshi Bungeni. Kama wanamapenzi ya kweli, kwanini hawakushinikiza hoja ya mgombea binafsi ipite kabla ya uchaguzi?? Maji yamemwagika ndo' wanataka tutafute ndoo...? Unafiki tu!

    Halafu hii ya kuchapisha makaratasi ya kura, nikiamini wamechangia baadhi ya gharama za kuwezesha uchaguzi huu uliopita (nisahihishwe kama sivyo), kwanini waliruhusu pesa ziwarudie wao kwa kukubali tenda ya karatasi kwenda kuchapishwa Worcestershire na Kalamazoo kule Uingereza? Jambo ambalo lilienda kinyume na makubaliano ya awali ya uchapishaji wa makaratasi hayo hapa hapa nchini.
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    Mwanamageuko JF-Expert Member

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    Watanzania... MKIONA HIZO TAARIFA BAAASI MNAJIRIDHISHA HUKU MKIJISAHAULISHA YA KWAMBA....:smile-big: Hao hao ndio makampuni yao yana mikataba feki, haohao ndio walioikopesha serikali ya chama kilichopo madarakani, ni haohao wengi wao ni waajiriwa wa serikali hiyohiyo, ni haohao wakati wa kampeni wakisema sisiemu itashinda (si wote baadhi yao jamani) ni haohao ndio wanaojua kwamba kura zitaibwa na mwishowe itakuwaje, ni haohao wanaosubiri kwa hamu watu wafanye vurugu ili walioko kule THE HAGUE wapate ajira na ujira..... WATANZANIA.... JE KWA MUJIBU HUO MWADHANI MWISHO WA SIKU WATASEMAJE??? :tape:
  10. Gerad2008

    Gerad2008 JF-Expert Member

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    I'm still surprised and don't believe my eyes for what happened, I dont even know the course that will JK take in mending up our beautiful country at least to make us forget the misery of his arrogance leadership.
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    Rutashubanyuma JF-Expert Member

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    Sijui kama CCM inataka mabadiliko yoyote hadi hapo damu itakapomwagika kama kule Kenya ndiyo watafumbuka macho....................