UN urges for peaceful elections in Tanzania

The United Nations has called for a free, fair and peaceful elections in Tanzania. In a statement from his spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres urged political leaders and their supporters to participate in the polls peacefully and refrain from violence. The statement reads as follows: “As Tanzanians prepare to take part in the general elections scheduled for 28 October, the Secretary‑General calls on all national stakeholders to ensure that the polls are conducted in an inclusive and peaceful manner. 

In this regard, the Secretary-General recalls that an inclusive electoral process and a broad effective participation of political parties and their candidates, particularly women, remain essential for safeguarding the progress made by the United Republic of Tanzania in consolidating stability, democracy and sustainable development. 

The Secretary-General urges all political leaders and their supporters to participate in this exercise peacefully and refrain from violence. He further calls on the authorities to provide a safe and secure environment, which will allow Tanzanians to exercise their civil and political rights.  

The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to support the country’s efforts to promote sustainable development and build a prosperous future.” 

The Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued the following statement:  “ We have been following with concern the shrinking of democratic space in the country, with worrying reports of intimidation, harassment, arbitrary arrests and physical attacks against political opponents, journalists, women human rights defenders and other activists. 

This repression of dissenting voices intensified in the lead up to the elections, when the rights to freedom of expression and political participation should be upheld, not repressed. The elections take place tomorrow.  

We are particularly alarmed by reports that three people were reportedly killed last night and others injured on Pemba Island in the Zanzibar archipelago where police fired live ammunition in clashes with opposition supporters. We urge the authorities to ensure prompt, transparent, independent investigations into the incident and urge all actors to refrain from any acts of violence” 

On October 28, 2020, General Elections will be held in Tanzania to elect the President and the National Assembly. John Mugafali of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) is the incumbent President. The main opposition party to the CCM in the 2020 Elections will be the Chama cha Democracia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA). 

Tundu Lissu is the prominent leader of CHADEMA and is the leading opposition candidate. The other major political party in the fray is the Alliance for Change and Transparency-Wazalendo (ACT), Its Presidential candidate is Bernard Membe. Membe was expelled from CCM earlier in the year and moved over to ACT to be able to run for President. 

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