November 01, 2020 1:17 PM

We reject the announced election results in Tanzania and Zanzibar and call for fresh elections

Yesterday, I signed a joint declaration together with ACT Wazalendo Chairman, Seif Sharif Hamad, Chadema Chairperson Freeman Mbowe and Chadema Presidential Candidate, Tundu Lissu. In addition to the condemnation of the violent and murderous acts of the government’s security organs this week, the declaration rejects the results of Wednesday’s unfree and unfair election and calls for fresh elections to be held.

As Tanzanians, we face a choice. A choice between truth and lies, between justice and injustice. The choice is not about the CCM or the opposition. The choice is between democracy and autocracy. The choice is about respecting the democratic will of the people.

An election is about reflecting the wishes of the people. What happened this week was not an election because all the proven irregularities mean that the announced votes and the wishes of the people are not the same. In Zanzibar there was a military operation that violently prevented Zanzibaris from having their democratic wishes respected.

To respect the wishes of the people, we need to run a new election both in Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland, overseen by independent electoral bodies. Both the current National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) must be disbanded.

From tomorrow, we shall demand fresh elections by taking to the streets. I and fellow leaders of the opposition will lead a peaceful demonstration nationwide to demand our democratic right of our people to elect their leaders freely and fairly.

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