Vote counting completed in Tanzanian polls
Tanzania today awaited poll results with federal President Jakaya Kikwete, likely to clinch re-election on the mainland and the ruling party candidate leading in early results in Zanzibar.
Tanzania: Tanzania today awaited poll results with federal President Jakaya Kikwete, likely to clinch re-election on the mainland and the ruling party candidate leading in early results in Zanzibar.
"Counting has been concluded in all the constituencies," electoral commission chief for mainland Tanzania Lewis Makame told AFP today.
The commission started announcing provisional results today afternoon, but with 239 constituencies in the country the operation was expected to drag on well into the night.
"Overall the voting has gone well. It was peaceful with no major incidents," Makame said. Paul East, the head of the Commonwealth observer team, said vote counting on the mainland had been done "according to the regulations".
The election campaigns on the mainland were the most competitive since the vast east African country returned to multi-party politics in 1992.
Kikwete, a 60-year-old former foreign minister, said as he cast his ballot in his home village of Msoga, north of Dar es Salaam, that his CCM would win with a landslide.
Analysts also expect Kikwete to win, but by a smaller margin than the 80 percent he clocked up in 2005. "Despite a few reported glitches... Once again, Tanzanians have demonstrated to the world their impeccable credentials for peace and tranquillity," said the state-owned Daily News newspaper.
Unlike most of its neighbours Tanzania has enjoyed political stability since independence in 1961.