Tanzania Is Wary as Election Results Trickle In

October 26, 2015 12:10 PM -- Anonymous (not verified)

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<h4 class="headline">Tanzanian Voters Discuss Election</h4>
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<p class="summary">Some voters in Tanzania were concerned that their voices would not be heard and that the country’s election commission might be swayed by the governing party.</p>
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<span class="caption-text">An election worker stacked ballot boxes at a polling place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Monday.</span> </div>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="206" data-total-count="206" itemprop="articleBody" id="story-continues-1">NAIROBI, Kenya — The police fired tear gas and opposition leaders said dozens of supporters were arrested Monday in Tanzania as votes were slowly tabulated from the presidential election over the weekend.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="399" data-total-count="605" itemprop="articleBody">Many observers, foreign and domestic alike, said this election was going to be the tightest and most turbulent in Tanzania’s history. The nation holds a special place in Africa as one of the most peaceful on the continent. But this time, a well-financed opposition coalition is challenging the governing party’s decades-long lock on power, and some Tanzanians have been fearful about the result.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="277" data-total-count="882" itemprop="articleBody">On Monday evening, the governing party’s candidate, John Magufuli, a chemist and minister of public works, was leading Edward Lowassa, the most popular opposition figure, by a ratio of nearly two to one, according to preliminary results from a small number of constituencies.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="386" data-total-count="1268" itemprop="articleBody" id="story-continues-2">Mr. Lowassa, the opposition candidate, accused the election commission of selectively releasing results to “psychologically weaken” opposition supporters. He said that dozens of young volunteers had been arrested at tallying centers on Sunday night and Monday morning for simply doing their jobs: conducting their own tabulation of early figures. The police denied arresting anyone.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="257" data-total-count="1525" itemprop="articleBody">Tanzanian law says that only the national election commission can release presidential results. Police officers used tear gas on the island of Zanzibar to scatter demonstrators there who were celebrating what they said was an opposition win in a local race.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="197" data-total-count="1722" itemprop="articleBody" id="story-continues-3">The salient issues in Tanzania’s election have been the same ones facing many sub-Saharan nations: better roads, better access to school, clean water for rural areas and worries about corruption.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="264" data-total-count="1986" itemprop="articleBody" id="story-continues-4">One of the twists of this race is that while officials in Mr. Magufuli’s party are widely believed to have pilfered millions of dollars from the public during the several decades they have reigned virtually unchallenged, Mr. Magufuli himself is considered clean.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="178" data-total-count="2164" itemprop="articleBody">Mr. Lowassa, on the other hand, is widely believed to have benefited from corrupt deals when he was prime minister a few years ago. Only recently did he defect to the opposition.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="222" data-total-count="2386" itemprop="articleBody">With long lines of voters beginning at sunrise, the voting on Sunday proceeded smoothly — in most places. In western Tanzania, people burned ballot papers after they suspected election officials of stuffing ballot boxes.</p>
<p class="story-body-text story-content" data-para-count="48" data-total-count="2434" itemprop="articleBody">The final result is not expected until Thursday.</p>

<p class="interactive-summary">Argentina, Poland, Tanzania, Guatemala, Haiti and Ivory Coast held elections on Sunday. Here is a rundown of major issues and candidates in each country, with links to New York Times coverage.</p>

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