Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has swept to a landslide victory in civic elections held on Sunday across the east African nation, a senior official announced on Monday.
Selemani Jafo, the Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for Regional Administration and Local Government, said CCM won in 12,260 villages out of 12,262 villages.
Opposition parties Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) and the Civic United Front (CUF) scooped votes in one village each, Jafo told a news conference in the capital Dodoma.
On the election of hamlets chairpersons, CCM won in 63,970 hamlets out of 63,992 hamlets which was equivalent to 99.4 percent while opposition ACT-Wazalendo won only in one hamlet.
He said there were 332,160 posts in total for 12,262 villages, 4,263 streets and 63,992 hamlets, adding that CCM scooped 100 percent in chairpersons for streets.
At least 19.7 million Tanzanians on Sunday went to polls to elect civic leaders across the country.
President John Magufuli wished the voters a smooth voting process, said a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at Chamwino State House in the capital Dodoma.
At least seven political parties announced withdrawal from the elections, citing irregularities in the electoral process.
The seven parties that have pulled out of the polls were among the 22 registered political parties in the country.
Jafo said last week at least 539,953 people had submitted electoral forms seeking to be nominated as candidates hunting for leadership positions in the civic polls.
“The number of people who have submitted their forms amounts to 97.29 percent,” Jafo said.
Jafo said the target was to register 22.9 million voters but only 19.7 million registered for the polls.
Statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics show that there are 26,960,485 eligible voters in the country. Enditem