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TANZANIA: John Magufuli Wins Second Term

Incumbent President John Pombe Magufuli has emerged the overall winner of the polls that were held on October 28.

Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission NEC announced on Saturday that Magufuli the flag bearer of the ruling CCM political party had won the polls with a total of 12,516,252 votes out of 14,830,195 valid votes cast.

“By considering conditions of Article 38 of the Constitution, the commission announces Dr. John Pombe Magufuli as the President after getting many votes as well as his running mate Samia Suluhu Hassan as Vice President,” Judge (rtd) Semistocles Kaijage the NEC Chairman announced.

The second position was taken by CHADEMA party candidate Tundu Lissu who fetched a total of 1,933,271 votes this represents 13% of the poll.

Days before the elections, Lissu claimed there was a plan to massively manipulate the voter register, existence of fake polling centres and alleged violence against targeted opposition leaders.

Meanwhile, Chadema’s lone MP-elect Aida Khenan one of the two opposition members of parliament in the mainland Tanzania in the just concluded General Election has hinted at possibility of turning down the opportunity to join Parliament.

“Iam not pleased with the outcome of the election that is being is being released countrywide despite the fact that I won a parliamentary seat in Nkasi Rukwa,” she wrote via twitter, adding, “Democracry is more important that my win. Iam ready to join my colleagues for whatever decision they may opt to take.”