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Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Wednesday convened a meeting with election stakeholders to discuss various issues ahead of the October 2020 general elections.

A statement issued by the NEC in Morogoro region, the venue of the meeting, said the electoral body also informed the stakeholders progress made in voter registration.

Leaders of political parties, representatives of elderly people and persons with disabilities, representatives of the youth and women, editors and journalists from across the country attended the meeting, the statement said.

NEC chairman Semistocles Kaijage said that after the updating of the voter registration the NEC will post names of all registered voters on public notices for appraisal.

“Registered voters will have time to review their details before NEC releases the final and permanent voter registry,” Kaijage said.

Last week, the NEC said it has completed updating its biometric voter registrar (BVR) in 25 regions across the east African nation.

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

In January 2019, Anthony Mavunde, deputy minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for parliamentary affairs, labor, employment, youth and persons with disabilities, told parliament that 4 million new voters were expected to be registered during the updating of the voter registration.

Tanzania conducted its last general elections on Oct. 25, 2015, and according to the national electoral body, about 23.7 million voters were registered. Enditem

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