Tanzania opposition demands vote rerun, calls for street protests

Two main opposition parties in Tanzania are calling for a rerun of Wednesday’s polls after alleging widespread fraud.

A joint statement issued on Saturday by the CHADEMA and ACT Wazalendo parties popped up  hours after populist President John Magufuli was declared the winner for a second five-year term.

Magufuli was announced as  the winner with 12.5 million votes, or 84 percent, while top opposition candidate Tundu Lissu received 1.9 million votes, or 13 percent.

The ruling party also secured nearly every seat in parliament, giving it the power to change the constitution of the country.

“What happened on October 28 was not an election but a butchering of democracy,” CHADEMA chairman Freeman Mbowe informed journalists, asserting that more than 20 people were killed during the election.

“We demand the election repeated with immediate effect and the dissolving of the national electoral commission.”

The opposition parties have urged people to come onto the streets for peaceful protests on Monday.

It has alleged extensive irregularities before and during the vote in the East African nation, including rejection of thousands of election observers, a considerable slowdown in the internet speed and affecting text messaging services and ballot-box stuffing.

Source; Aljazeera

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