Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Tanzania: a history of troubled elections

30 October 2015, 14:01

Dar es Salaam -Tanzania, where ruling party candidate John Magufuli was on Thursday declared the winner of a hotly contested presidential vote, has a history of troubled elections since a multi-party system was introduced 20 years ago..

- 1995: chaotic elections -

On October 29, 1995, the east African country's first multi-party general elections are organised in complete chaos.

Some polling stations do not have ballot boxes, voting papers, ink or personnel.

On November 19 a new vote is held in the capital Dar es Salaam, but few voters turn out, considering that the election, already won in the provinces by the outgoing majority, is a foregone conclusion.

Benjamin Mkapa, of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party is elected president and his party wins the legislative elections by a wide margin.

In the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar, the opposition and international observers denounce a multitude of irregularities at local elections.

- 2000: Controversy at Zanzibar vote -

On October 29, 2000, elections proceed normally on the mainland, with the outgoing Mkapa and the CCM assured of victory faced with a divided opposition.

However, in Zanzibar the opposition and international observers say the vote has been shambolic and fraud-ridden and the vote is re-organised in 16 voting districts a week later.

- 2005: more trouble in Zanzibar -

On December 14, 2005, voting goes off calmly, except in Zanzibar where several dozen people are injured in unrest.

The same happened in October-November during elections organised in the archipelago during which Zanzibaris elected their own executive.

- 2010: Demonstrations mar vote count -

On October 31, 2010, elections take place peacefully. But the five-day counting of votes is marred by several small demonstrations, accompanied by brawls.

Jakaya Kikwete is re-elected with 61.17 percent of the vote at elections in which the opposition gains ground in parliament.

In Zanzibar all is calm, thanks to a new constitutional provision under which the two leading parties share power.

- 2015: Disputed elections - vote annulled in Zanzibar -

On October 25, 2015, Tanzanians go to the polls for presidential, legislative and local elections.

On the 28, the president of the electoral commission in Zanzibar decides on the annulment of the poll in the archipelago, citing fraud, and decides to call new elections.

The opposition calls on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to put off publishing all the national results, accusing it of having rigged the vote, with the support of the ruling party.

But on October 29, the NEC announces the victory of the candidate of the ruling party, Magufuli, with more than 58 percent of the vote. The opposition promptly rejects the results and claims victory.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!



Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Helping you find the type of man ...

To put it simply, you can’t go looking for fish in a meat market; you have to go to a fish market. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Mudavadi set for 2 month long wes...

Musalia Mudavadi is set for western Kenya campaigns.

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
I need a miracle to win in 2017, ...

An MP says that he needs a miracle to win the 2017 elections but has not given up on victory despite the odds being against him. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Raila ungrateful for my help, MP ...

An MP says that he made ODM famous in Meru and has accused the party of ungratefulness despite his hard work. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
I'm ready for by-election today, ...

I'm ready for a by election, an angry ODM rebel MP tells Raila Odinga. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
ODM kicks 6 MPs out of Parliament...

ODM has kicked 6 rebel members out of house committees. Read more...