American and British Diplomats in Tanzania have registered their displeasure over the management of the local elections in Tanzania that saw the ruling party win with near 100 percent votes, ABC News has gathered.
These deep concerns come after Tanzania’s Sunday polls were boycotted by eight major opposition parties over claims of manipulation by the government. The governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party won 99.9% of the seats contested at the end of the polls.
After the polls ended, a statement from the US and UK embassies said election officials “overwhelmingly” disqualified opposition candidates rather than CCM candidates. Another concern raised by the diplomats was that the ruling government failed to give accreditation to election observers.
According to the diplomats, these irregularities questions the credibility of the poll.
The main opposition groups decided to pull out of the elections after alleging that their candidates were systematically excluded. More than half of opposition candidates were told they could not stand because of spelling mistakes, blank spaces on forms and other bureaucratic errors.
Local observers worry that this new development sets a bad precedent ahead of general elections next year.