Tension high in Zanzibar following nullification of elections

Tension high in Zanzibar following nullification of elections

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Supporters of the CUF party rally in the run-up to Tanzania's close election

Zanzibar Electoral Commission on Wednesday announced the nullification of all results of elections held in the Tanzanian semi autonomous island nation over claims of violation of electoral law.

The commission chairman Jecha Salim Jecha announced the elections cancellation over claims that the electoral process was marred with vote rigging and fraud triggering tension among zanzibaris especially from opposition supporters.

The announcement came few days after Seif Sharrif Hamed , the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) leader in the Tanzanian semi-autonomous nation declared himself winner in the Sunday Polls.

CUF had earlier promised to campaign for full autonomy of the island nation if it wins as the ruling Chama cha Mapenduzi  CCM  vows to maintain the status quo.

Meanwhile, in mainland Tanzania, Tanzanian opposition presidential candidate Edward Lowasa of CHADEMA party has announced that he is opposed to results of elections currently being announced in Dar-el-Salam, over claims of bias and elections irregularities.

Lowasa asked the Tanzanian National Electoral Commission NEC to halt the exercise claiming the results were favoring the ruling party CCM Presidential candidate Pombe Magufuli.

He threatened to challenge the elections results in court , if NEC continues with the exercise.

So far, Magufuli has been leading in the election results with over 50% of votes counted followed by Lowasa with 42%.