Tanzania: Magufuli wins re-election

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been re-elected for a second, five-year term, securing a huge victory in a contest that has been dismissed by the opposition as a “travesty” due to widespread irregularities.

Magufuli got 12.5 million votes or 84% in the election held on October 28, more than 10 million more votes than his main challenger, Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party, who got 1.9 million votes, the National Electoral Commission said.

In his bid for a second term, Magufuli has promised voters that he will boost the economy by completing ambitious infrastructure projects he started in his first term, such as a new hydropower dam, a rail-line and planes for the national carrier.

Tanzania’s re-elected President John Pombe Magufuli holds a spear and shield from the elders after he was sworn-in for the second term at the Jamhuri stadium in Dodoma, Tanzania on November 5, 2020.

Lissu has previously said that he will not accept the eventual election results.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, said “we remain deeply concerned about reports of systematic interference in the democratic process.”

“We continue to review credible allegations of the use of force against unarmed civilians,” he said in a tweet.

Magufuli’s CCM party, a version of which has held power in Tanzania since independence from Britain in 1961, had already retained power in the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar after its presidential candidate, Hussein Mwinyi, won with 76% of the vote.

Dozens of opposition party officials and members were arrested in Zanzibar and at least one is in hospital with severe injuries after allegations he was beaten by the police, who have not commented on the incident.

The U.S. Embassy in the East African country said there had been “credible allegations of significant election-related fraud and intimidation” in the October 28 vote for a president and lawmakers.

The vote was marred by allegations of arrests of candidates and protesters, restrictions on access to polling stations for party agents, multiple voting, pre-ticking of ballots and widespread blocking of social media, the U.S. Embassy said.

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