TANZANIA ELECTION MONITORING COMMITTEE (TEMCO) P. O. BOX 35039 DARES SALAAM TEL. 255-22-2410207 FAX: 255-22-2410084 PRESS RELEASE [FONT="]TEMCO TO OBSERVE VOTER REGISTRATION IN ZANZIBAR[/FONT] The Tanzania Election Monitoring Committee (TEMCO) has deployed a team to observe voter registration and updating of the voter register on both Unguja and Pemba in Zanzibar. Free and Fair elections are a cornerstone of democracy and this exercise will assess the transparency and fairness of election processes. TEMCO represents local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and has been monitoring general elections and by-elections in Tanzania since 1995. The TEMCO observation team begun working in Zanzibar on the 10th of October, and observation of voter registration will continue for five months. The team includes two zone coordinators, two district coordinators and eight voter registration observers. The Committee will observe the registration and updating of the voter register in each constituency according to the registration schedule established by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC). Election observing results will be published in a monthly Newsletter distributed to ZEC, political parties, Government institutions and other stakeholders. A dissemination workshop for stakeholders will be held following the conclusion of voter registration to discuss TEMCOs findings and a final report on the voter registration and updating of the voter register will be distributed prior to the 2010 general elections. TEMCO has received support for observation of voter registration and updating of the voter register from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and has received permission to observe voter registration from the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC).