Tanzania opposition rejects election result, claims victory
29 October 2015, 18:41
Dar es Salaam - Tanzania's main opposition candidate on Thursday rejected official results handing victory to the ruling party, accusing the election body of falsifying tallies.
"We refuse to accept this attempt to rob the citizens of Tanzania of their democratic rights, which is being done by the National Electoral Commission by announcing results which are not the actual results and that are intended to take away our victory," said Edward Lowassa, the Chadema party candidate.
The NEC on Thursday declared John Magufuli of the long-ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party president-elect with 58.46 percent of the vote, giving Lowassa 39.97 percent.
Lowassa, however, rejected the result claiming that his party's own count gave him victory with 62 percent of the vote.
"We are requesting that the National Electoral Commission announces that Edward Lowassa is the winner of the presidency of the United Republic of Tanzania," he told reporters in Dar es Salaam.
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