ILPI’s advisor and resident representative in Tanzania Nicodemus Minde was interviewed by Al Jazeera following the annulment of the Zanzibar’s poll.
In the interview Minde spoke on the unilateral decision by the Chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC). Mr. Minde observed that it is clear from the CUF [Civic United Front] statement that the [ZEC] vice chairman was not present, neither was the director of elections.
A further statement on the decision to annul the vote issued by the two ZEC commissioners also indicates that there was no quorum within the electoral commission, therefore the decision by the ZEC chair Jecha Salum Jecha was unilateral and no consultation was done.
Minde also pointed out that the invalidation of the elections may augment the objections raised by Chadema, Tanzania’s main opposition party. Chadema have called for a recount of the national votes, claiming there was “widespread rigging”.
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