Tanzanians head to the poll today (28/10/2020) for a general election. More than 29 million Tanzanians registered to vote. Incumbent John Magufuli, and the opposition leader Tundu Lissu are the main presidential contenders in the race that has attracted 15 candidates. President John Magufuli anticipates a landslide win.
The ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has been the ruling party since Tanzania’s independence in 1961. Tundu Lissu on the other hand is known as a human and civil rights activist. He has been arrested a couple of times and there were also allegations of an assassination attempt on him. This did not discourage the lawyer from seeking the country’s top leadership.
He claims irregularities in the ongoing election saying that his polling agents have been prevented from accessing the polling stations.
It has been reported that the company has experienced internet restriction. This was confirmed by the Twitter Public Policy.
Ahead of tomorrow’s election in #Tanzania, we’re seeing some blocking and throttling of Twitter. #TanzaniaDecides2020
Internet shutdowns are hugely harmful and violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet #KeepItOn https://t.co/Q2SJfsFUiD
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) October 27, 2020