John Magufuli wins Tanzania’s Presidential polls as opposition alleges fraud

Incumbent President John Magufuli has emerged victorious in the 2020 Tanzanian Presidential Polls. The National Electoral Commission announced that Magufuli received 12.5 million votes in the election – or 85 percent – while his main challenger, Tundu Lissu of the Chadema party, got 1.9 million votes, or 13 percent, the electoral commission said. 

“The commission declares John Magufuli of CCM [Chama Cha Mapinduzi] who garnered the majority of votes as the winner in the presidential seat,” said commission chairman Semistocles Kaijage. 

Lissu, , said he would not accept the results saying the vote was “was not an election by both Tanzanian and international laws. It was just a gang of people who have just decided to misuse state machinery to cling to power.” 

He alleged that ballot boxes were tampered with while his party representatives were not present. 

The US embassy in Dar es Salaam said that “irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts about the credibility of the results… as well as concerns about the government of Tanzania’s commitment to democratic values”. 

The head of the National Electoral Commission, Semistocles Kaijage, said allegations of fake ballot papers were unsubstantiated. 

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