Tanzania’s electoral body said on Friday it has completed updating its biometric voter registrar (BVR) in 25 regions across the east African nation.
On July 18, the state-run National Electoral Commission (NEC) began updating the voter registrations ahead of the October 2020 general elections where voters will choose councilors, parliamentarians and the president.
A statement by NEC said the updating of the voter registration which started on July 18, 2019, in Kilimanjaro region has already covered 146 districts and 205 constituencies from the 25 regions in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.
The statement issued in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam mentioned regions that have updated voter registration as Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara, Simiyu, Mara, Mwanza, Kigoma, Tabora and Songwe.
Others were Kagera, Geita, Shinyanga, Katavi, Rukwa, Singida, Dodoma, Mbeya, Iringa, Njombe and Ruvuma on Tanzania mainland while in Zanzibar covered districts included Kaskazini Pemba, Kusini Pemba, Kaskazini Unguja and Mjini Magharibi.
The statement said NEC was now getting ready to update voter registration in Lindi and Mtwara regions slated for Jan. 12-18.
The statement said voter registration for the remaining regions of Morogoro, Tanga, Coast and Dar es Salaam will be conducted between Feb. 3 and Feb. 16, 2020.
In Jan. 2019, Anthony Mavunde, the Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Parliamentary Affairs, Labor, Employment, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, told parliament that four million new voters were expected to be registered during the updating of the voter registration.
Tanzania conducted its last general elections on October 25, 2015, when according to the national electoral body, about 23.7 million voters were registered. Enditem