Tanzanian President John Magufuli
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzanian authorities on Thursday denied reports that they have threatened to sack public officials who failed to register for voting in the Nov. 24 civic polls.

Selemani Jafo, the Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Regional Administration and Local Government, said the government did not intend to sack public officials who will not register for the polls.

“Registering to participating in the electoral process is a person’s wish. What the government is doing is to mobilize people to register en masse for the democratic process,” Jafo told a news conference in the capital Dodoma.

He was clarifying on a decision by the Dodoma city council that issued a circular to public servants to register for civic polls that went viral on social media earlier this week.

Jafo said the circular was intended to mobilize public servants to register for the polls, adding that it did not intend to threaten them to lose their jobs in case they did not register.

On Oct. 13, Jafo announced extension of registration of voters for civic polls for three more days to Oct. 17.

Initially, the voter registration was planned for between October 8 and October 14.

Last week, President John Magufuli warned district and regional officials who failed to mobilize voters to register for the civic polls slated for Nov. 24.

Magufuli warned officials who will fail to oversee the registration of voters for the civic polls not to blame him for measures that he will take against them. Enditem

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