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Magufuli In Early Lead Of Tanzania Election

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Incumbent President John Pombe Magufuli was reportedly leading the Poll tally early Thursday as the National Electoral Commission started announcing provisional results.

Tanzania has tightly controlled the internet during this period making several online platforms inaccessible except for some state leaning outlets.

According to the preliminary results from 16 constituencies announced NEC’s Chairman retired Judge Semistocles Kaijage, the CCM candidate Magufuli was leading, followed by opposition party Chadema’s candidate Tundu Lissu.

The National Electoral Commission announced results from 12 and Magufuli was leading other 14 presidential candidates.

African Union Expert Election Observer Team

In General Elections held on Wednesday October 28, the heads of the Election Observation Missions said that since their arrival in Tanzania, they said, “We confirm that the process has been largely peaceful”.

“We therefore wish to encourage the People of the United Republic Tanzania, all political parties, candidates and their supporters to continue upholding the long-enduring peace, security and stability of the country at the forefront, the observer team said.

Observer team includes; the Heads of the Election Observation Missions to the United Republic of Tanzania’s 28 October General Elections, H.E. Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, former President of Burundi, East African Community (EAC) Mission; H.E. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria, the African Union (AU) Mission and Advocate Pansy Tlakula, former Chairperson of South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission, and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Mission.

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