Tanzania’s Electoral Commission to meet political parties

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The National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Tanzania announced on Monday, April 6, 2020, that it will meet with leaders of political parties and other election stakeholders on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

The NEC chairman, Judge (Rtd) Semistocles Kaijage told one of the Tanzania media that the meeting that will be held in Dar es Salaam will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss the second phase of updating the voters’ register which commences on April 17, 2020.

This comes following the preparations for October 2020 elections. The country’s Premier Kassim Majaliwa told the Parliament in Dodoma last week that the second phase of updating the document would start on April 5, 2020, and be concluded on June 20, this year.

Judge Kaijage said that April 17, 2020 was the date set during the first stakeholders’ meeting which was held in Dar es Salaam on March 23, 2020. However, no changes have been made on the date for the exercise to kick off. The commission disclosed that a total of 7,043,247 people have been registered during the first phase, equivalent to 30.41 per cent of voters registered in the previous general election (2015).

“At least 3,225,778 voters, which is equal to 13.93 per cent of voters who registered in 2015, updated their information during the first phase,” Judge Kaijage told stakeholders, adding that 16,707 voters who registered in 2015 were removed from the register due to a number of reasons, including death.

Therefore, the first phase of updating the document, eligible voters now stands at 30,187,987 for this year’s elections.

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