John Magufuli of CCM defeats Edward Lowassa

Tanzania’s governing CCM party candidate John Magufuli has won the presidential election with 58% of the vote, the electoral commission says.


His main rival Edward Lowassa has rejected the official results that gave him 40% of the ballots cast.

The opposition Ukawa coalition candidate earlier claimed he had won with 62% of the vote.

The elections on Sunday were the most fierce the governing party faced after 54 years in power.

In Zanzibar, elections for the semi-autonomous archipelago’s parliament and president were annulled on Wednesday.

Zanzibar’s election chief Jecha Salum Jecha said the poll had been marred by gross irregularities, including rigging and physical fights between rival election commissioners.

CCM supporters have been celebrating Mr Magufuli’s victory outside CCM’s headquarters in Tanzania’s main city, Dar es Salaam.

  • John Magufuli, CCM: 8,882,935 votes – 58.46%
  • Edward Lowassa, Ukawa: 6,072,848 votes – 39.97%

President Jakaya Kikwete, who is standing down after two terms in office,retweeted a CCM photo of Mr Magufuli and the accompanying words: “Our next Commander-in-Chief, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, the President-elect of The United Republic of Tanzania.”

Abdallah Safari, vice-president of Chadema, one of the four opposition parties that make up Ukama, told the BBC that Tanzanians “have been robbed of their victory”.

BBC Tanzania analyst Zuhura Yunus says the result is a big blow for Mr Lowassa after four opposition parties put their faith in him, uniting for the first time to field a single candidate.

Edward Lowassa campaigning in Tanzania on 23 October 2015Image copyrightReuters
Image captionEdward Lowassa, a former prime minister, defected from governing CCM a few months ago

She says Mr Lowassa is convinced he won and the question now is whether he will challenge the result further, or throw in the towel.

European Union observers said that the elections were “generally well organised” but “with insufficient efforts at transparency from the election administrations”.

Teams from the African Union and southern African regional body Sadc said that the vote had largely been “free and fair”, despite all groups raising concerns over the subsequent annulment of Zanzibar’s local elections.

Source: BBC

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