Tanzania’s main opposition parties, Chadema and ACT-Wazalendo, want a run-off election in the country. The two parties are vying for the results of Wednesday’s election in which incumbent President John Magufuli has been declared the winner. At a joint press conference between Chadema leaders and ACT Wazalendo the parties also called for a nationwide protest to demand a re-run of the election.
Chadema National Chairman Freeman Mbowe has stated that: “What has happened is not an election, it has been a coup d’etat by ZEC (Zanzibar Electoral Commission) and NEC (National Electoral Commission).”
The parties are now seeking the dissolution of the NEC and ZEC. The parties have also called on Tanzanians to hold peaceful protests. “From Monday, members of our parties and all those who do not agree to take part in the peaceful protests from November 2 until our demands are dropped,” they said.
On Thursday, ACT Wazalendo chairman and former Zanzibar presidential candidate Maalim Seif Seif Sharif Hamad was arrested along with other party leaders. Zanzibar Urban West Police Commander Awadhi Juma said Maalim Seif was arrested for holding unsanctioned protests with supporters of his party.