A woman shows her voting confirmation. The voting exercise has been described as largely peaceful
In a few hours Tanzania will be receiving the official results of yesterday’s largely peaceful presidential elections.
The results of the elections whose turn out has been described as overwhelming, are expected to be tight although, opinion polls have put the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi [CCM] ahead.
Four opposition groups are backing one candidate, a former prime minister.
President Jakaya Kikwete, who is standing down after two terms, called for peace ahead of the election, adding that “anyone who tries to cause trouble will be dealt with”.
The nearly 40 year old ruling party 1977 fielded Works Minister John Pombe Magufuli, 55, as its presidential candidate.
He is being challenged by Edward Lowassa, 62, who quit CCM after he failed to win its presidential nomination.
He is contesting the poll under the banner of the Ukawa coalition.
Mr Lowassa, said he was confident of victory but warned that he would outrightly reject the results if there is rigging.
“I am sure to win if there is fairness in the election, but will reject the results if the elections are not free and fair,” Mr Lowassa told journalists after casting his vote at 10am in the company of his wife, Regin
With the scorching sun biting at the height of the dry season, millions of Tanzanians turned up at the 65,105 polling centres to elect the fifth Union president and president of Zanzibar, an autonomous archipelago, where President Ali Mohamed Shein is seeking re-election with CUF’s Seif Sharrif Hamad his main challenger.
About 23, 253, 982 were registered on both parts of the United Republic.
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