Tanzania: Opposition fears to be locked out of October Election

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A supporter of Tanzania's main opposition party CHADEMA carries the party flag in Jangwani playing fields on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, October 24, 2015. REUTERS/Drazen Jorgic

As Tanzania prepares for its 28 October elections, opposition leaders claim there’s a plot to lock out their candidates from the polls.
The country’s main opposition party CHADEMA’s candidate, Tundu Lissu, and other opposition leaders have repeatedly claimed that there’s a likelihood that they’ll be locked out of the general elections in October.

Just recently, CHADEMA headquarters in Arusha were reportedly firebombed on 13 August and shortly after, the convoy in which Lissu had been travelling in was attacked by “stone throwing bandits” according to an email sent by his lawyer’s office to the Tanzania Police Force.

Lissu, who recently returned to Tanzania after three years away seeking treatment for gunshot wounds, was nominated as CHADEMA’s presidential candidate on 3 August.

“The biggest date now is August 25th and 26th when we submit our nomination papers,” Lissu told The Africa Report. “CCM (the ruling party) does not want any competition.”

Growing concern for opposition
Fellow opposition leader, Zitto Kabwe, who leads the ACT-Wazalendo party, have raised concerns that the country’s electoral body could repeat what it did in local elections last year that included locking out their candidates and gave the ruling party nearly all the contested positions.

On 12 August, Kabwe tweeted: “We hear that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) will not nominate some candidates from the Opposition Parties to the Presidency and Parliament for various reasons. I warn Judge Kaijage not to justify the unjust deal otherwise there will be NO ELECTION.”

While the electoral body’s head, Justice Semistocles Kaijage, has said that “there is no such plan within the commission”, the opposition leader’s claim has some recent context.

Last year, Chadema and five other opposition parties boycotted the local elections after their candidates were disqualified from the contest. The ruling party CCM’s candidates won nearly all the 16,000 seats in the polls.

Contending with hurdles
Other than the real possibility of disqualification from the October race, which could see President Magufuli win a second term, opposition leaders also have to contend with many other hurdles.

Among them is state harassment and frequent arrests, and in the case of Lissu, an attempted assassination in 2017. The country has also increased further restrictions on the media and free speech, in what has been a systematic crackdown on freedom of the press over the last five years.
  • On Monday 10 August, the communications regulatory authority banned local media stations from broadcasting foreign content without explicit permission. In July, new online content rules came into effect, as Magufuli’s administration extends its control over communications and content in the country.
In addition to that, Tanzania has not released any COVID-19 figures since May, and President Magufuli has since declared the country COVID-free.

Like its smaller neighbour Burundi, which downplayed the extent of COVID-19 infections to avoid disrupting an election, Tanzania’s electoral contest will take place with no preventative measures to stop further spread of the virus.

With no social distancing measures clearly in place, people continue to gather in big numbers, even if it was to welcome back Lissu. “You cannot do any better than them,” he says of the crowds that turned up to welcome him back to Tanzania, and who have been attending his pre-campaign rallies.

Bottom line
With a little over two months to go to the elections, Tanzania’s biggest opposition party faces an uphill task in its quest to unseat President John Magufuli. The opposition’s boycott of the 2019 elections make it impossible to gauge the popularity of both sides, and Lissu says they do not expect a free and fair election process.

In addition to heading the country’s only ruling party since independence and the advantages of incumbency, President Magufuli’s reelection campaign will also undoubtedly benefit from the multiple laws and policies his administration has passed since 2015.
 
Mr What why didn't you just summarize for us the whole Content instead of boring us with it? Who deceived you that We have time to read it fully?
 
Washauri Chadema na ACT wasuse uchaguzi huu
Safari hii Ng'ombe anachinjwa jinsi alivyolala, Hakuna kujitoa katika uchaguzi, Tangu lini CCM ikamtangaza mgombea wa Upinzani kushinda kirahisi? Safari hii watake wasitake watatutangaza.
Naibu katibu Mkuu Bara
Benson Kigaila.
 
In addition to that, Tanzania has not released any COVID-19 figures since May, and President Magufuli has since declared the country COVID-free.

Like its smaller neighbour Burundi, which downplayed the extent of COVID-19 infections to avoid disrupting an election, Tanzania’s electoral contest will take place with no preventative measures to stop further spread of the virus.

With no social distancing measures clearly in place, people continue to gather in big numbers, even if it was to welcome back Lissu. “You cannot do any better than them,” he says of the crowds that turned up to welcome him back to Tanzania, and who have been attending his pre-campaign rallies.
Hawa wadhungu nao wanaweweseka tu, Kwanza Tanzania haina Corona, lakini pili, wataanzaje kulalamika juu ya kupokelewa Kwa MH Lisu na lundo la watu Kwa kuohofia Corona?

Yaani, wao ndio wanaogopa Sisi tutakufa na kuambukizana Kwa coron, eti tumeachwa tu bila kufuata kanuni za kujikinga na Corona Wakati tunampokea mpendwa mwenzetu Lisu,

Wanadhani viongozi wa Chadema hawana akili ya kuwalinda wanachama wao

Halafu Andiko Lao halina hata tamati inayoeleweka, yaani walilenga nini kuandika huu ujinga? Hata weupe wengine ni wajinga Tu kama walivyo wajinga wengine
 
Kwa nini suala kutangaza Tanzania kuwa Covid-19 free liwe swala la kisiasa?

Wanaotaka Tanzania ionekane kuwa na Corona lengo lao nini?
 
Ila weee jamaa unajijua tu mwenyewe. Kwanza uhamiaji ikuchunguze nyie ndio mipandikizi ya kitutsi kagame kayaweka nchini. Uchunguzwe wewee. Faida yako moja tu nikuktumia kutuconnect na made wa kitutsi

Na kwa Kukusaidia tu sasa nimeshamaliza kuifanyia 'Ujasusi' nchi yako hii, baada pia kuimaliza na Uganda sasa nimezibakiza Kenya na Burundi tu.
 
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