Tanzania’s Magufuli sworn in after thumping election win.
Magufuli received 12.5 million – or 85 percent – of the total votes polled, while his main challenger, CHADEMA’S Tundu Lissu, got 1.9 million or 13 percent, the electoral commission said.
After the landslide results were announced, CHADEMA and fellow opposition party ACT Wazalendo called for new elections and mass protests.
But police swiftly arrested the parties’ leaders, while a heavy security presence deterred potential protesters and the demonstrations never took place.
CHADEMA’s Tundu Lissu, ACT Wazalendo’s leader Zitto Kabwe, and several other opposition leaders were arrested this week.
Tanzania’s leading opposition presidential candidate on Thursday asked countries around the world not to recognise the eventual results of an election held the previous day, calling it a “travesty” due to widespread irregularities.
Addis Ababa, 4 November 2020: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat wishes to congratulates H.E. Dr John Pombe Magufuli on his re-election as the President of the United Republic of Tanzania following the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections held on 28 October 2020.
He commends the people and all electoral stakeholders, Political Parties and Candidates, the Media and Civil Society Organisations for the peaceful conduct of the elections.
The Chairperson further encourages all actors to address any electoral disputes through the established legal and institutional architecture for dispute settlements, while preserving peace and stability.
The Chairperson extends his gratitude to His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for leading the African Union Election Expert Mission which observed the conduct of the elections in Tanzania.
Dr. John Pombe Magufuli is congratulared on winning the 2020 presidential election of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Chairperson of the @_AfricanUnion Commission @AUC_MoussaFaki congratulates President Magafuli for election victory in #Tanzania
AfricanUnion (AU) Expert Election Observer Team which lead visited some polling stations in Dar es Salaam 28 Oct morning as voting got underway in Tanzania’s general elections.
In general election slated for October 28, 2020, the ruling CCM nominated a total 264 candidates where 22 are women. Main opposition party Chadema nominated 200 candidates of which 52 are women. On its hand, opposition ACT Wazalendo nominated 198 candidates of which 24 are women. This is equivalent to eight percent, 26 percent and nine percent respectively.
It is against this background that the 2020 general election is seen as significant as far as women participation in politics and public leadership is concerned.
This is the view of Dr Victoria Lihiru, a gender activist and law lecturer at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT).