The ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has been in power over 50 years since the country’s independence from Britain in 1960s.

TanzaniaAccording to National Electoral Commission (NEC) Damian Lubuva, CCM won over 90 of the 133 parliamentary seats while the party’s presidential candidate, John Pombe Magufuli has received over 50 percent of the votes counted so far.

Magufuli is closely trailed by opposition coalition candidate, Edward Ngoyai Lowassa who has over 41 percent of the vote while the other six candidates share the remainder.

Mainland Tanzania which formerly was known as Tanganyika before uniting with the islands of Zanzibar in 1964, has 264 parliamentary constituencies.

Lubuva said they will likely announce the winner on Thursday when tallying for presidential results and remaining parliamentary seats will be announced.

“This morning we are going to announce results from 52 constituencies,” said Lubuva who also advised observers to adhere to regulations to avoid confusion.

International observers from African Union, European Union, Commonwealth and Southern Africa Development Community, have all given the conduct of the elections as clean.

“We think the election was conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner in conformity with international standards although there were some hitches here and there,” said former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza who led the SADC mission.

But the main opposition candidate, Mr Lowassa has accused NEC and the police of colluding with CCM to ensure that the ruling party retains power from the race.

Lowassa, who served as prime minister during president Jakaya Kikwete’s first five-year term, resigned in 2008 because of a corruption scandal.

He decamped to the opposition last October when he was disqualified from running as a ruling party flag bearer.

“We will not recognize presidential results being announced by NEC because they are not the same as what we have received from our agents at polling stations throughout the country,” said the opposition coalition’s co-Chairman, Freeman Mbowe.

Mbowe said the coalition will be meeting this morning to give their final stand on the matter after consultations among leading political parties forming the coalition.

The ruling party which is buoyed by two opinion polls conducted over a month ago received an over 60 percent majority in both the presidency and parliamentary seats, dismissed the allegations as baseless.

“We will win the majority because we have the numbers,” said spokesman of the ruling party’s campaign team, January Yusufu Makamba.

Meanwhile, a standoff continues in Zanzibar where the opposition presidential candidate, Seif Shariff Hamad declared himself the winner on Monday.

Hamad who served as first vice president in the current government of national unity, has accused Zanzibar Electoral Commission of planning to rig the elections in favour of the ruling party.

“We are calling upon ZEC officials to announce results of the presidential election now without further delays,” said Hamad who has lost the presidency three times since 1995. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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