A cameraman prepares to leave the Media, Observer and Election Results Centre of Zanzibar Electoral Commission in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on Oct. 28, 2015. Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago Zanzibar on Wednesday has cancelled results of its just-held general elections, according to Zanzibar Electoral Commission. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)
A cameraman prepares to leave the Media, Observer and Election Results Centre of Zanzibar Electoral Commission in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on Oct. 28, 2015. Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago Zanzibar on Wednesday has cancelled results of its just-held general elections, according to Zanzibar Electoral Commission. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)

Civic United Front (CUF) said it will not participate in the re-run elections because they were illegal and a defilement of democracy as well as disrespect to the decisions made by the people in the October polls.

A cameraman prepares to leave the Media, Observer and Election Results Centre of Zanzibar Electoral Commission in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on Oct. 28, 2015. Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago Zanzibar on Wednesday has cancelled results of its just-held general elections, according to Zanzibar Electoral Commission. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)
A cameraman prepares to leave the Media, Observer and Election Results Centre of Zanzibar Electoral Commission in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on Oct. 28, 2015. Tanzania’s semi-autonomous archipelago Zanzibar on Wednesday has cancelled results of its just-held general elections, according to Zanzibar Electoral Commission. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)
Twaha Taslima, CUF’s Acting Chairman, told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam that Zanzibaris had already expressed their democratic rights of choosing the leader they wanted in the October election.

CUF’s top decision making organ-the governing council-has been holding a closed-door meeting in Dar es Salaam for two days and came up with 12 resolutions which were declared the party’s position since the announcement of the date of the re-run polls by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairman Jecha Salum Jecha last week.

Jecha announced that fresh elections in the Zanzibar archipelago will be held on March 20.

The re-election of the President, members of the House of Representatives and civic leaders follows the surprise annulment of the October 25 results by the ZEC Chairman, three days into counting and announcing of the outcome of the vote.

On October 28, 2015, the ZEC’s boss cancelled the Isles election results, saying the polls were marred with irregularities.

CUF Secretary General Seif Sharrif Hamad who was vying for the Zanzibar presidency announced that he was the winner after beating his rival-the ruling CCM’s Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein.

Following the announcement by ZEC to nullify the elections, the international community has appealed to ZEC to resume and complete the tallying and announcement of vote results swiftly. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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