A boy runs with a flag during a ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 21, 2015. CCM's party's candidate John Magufuli hopes to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in what is seen as the tightest electoral race in Tanzania's history, as the main opposition parties unite around ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, 61, who recently defected from the CCM. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL HAYDUK (Photo credit should read Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy runs with a flag during a ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 21, 2015. CCM's party's candidate John Magufuli hopes to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in what is seen as the tightest electoral race in Tanzania's history, as the main opposition parties unite around ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, 61, who recently defected from the CCM. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL HAYDUK (Photo credit should read Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanzania’s ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), on Saturday predicted a landslide victory in the October 2020 general elections.

Bashiru Ally, CCM’s Secretary General, said sound implementation of the party’s manifesto by the current government was a sure ticket to winning the forthcoming general elections.

Addressing leaders of the party in the east African nation’s western region of Kigoma, Ally said winning elections entailed long-time preparations like what the governing party was doing.

“Voters cast their ballot after five years of assessment of the party they were voting for,” said the CCM Secretary General.

He said CCM started to convince people to vote for the party again immediately after it had formed the government after winning the 2015 general elections.

Ally said the party convinced people to vote for it through the sound implementation of projects on health, education, water supply, road infrastructure and energy.

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.

NEC said in a statement this week the updating of the voter registration which started on July 18, 2019, in the Kilimanjaro region has already covered 146 districts and 205 constituencies from the 25 regions in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar.

In January 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

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