According to a statement issued by the EU Chief Observer, Judith Sargentini, the team is part of the EU mission of ensuring that the electoral process in the East African nation is highly monitored for the benefit of its people and the region at large.
The EU official said: “They will be deployed across the country on 20 October where they will join up with the EU Long-Term Observers, who have been following election preparations and the campaign since the end of September.”
“With the deployment of our Short-Term Observers, the EU Election Observation Mission will extend the reach of its observation and will follow all activities on election day,” Sargentini said.
The EU move came at the time when Tanzanians are very eager to get into the polls on October 25, this year.
This year’s election has been attracting local and international observers as some of the high-ranking profiles from the ruling CCM are decamping the party and join the opposition camp.
For instance, the former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa decamped the ruling CCM few years ago and joined the leading opposition party in the Tanzanian mainland-Chadema and was named as the Presidential flag bearer of the party and the Coalition for Peoples’ Constitution (UKAWA).
Other former CCM senior officials include Kingunge Ngombale Mwiru, Ambassador Juma Mwapachu and Former Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye who ditched the ruling party for different reasons. Enditem