Incumbent President John Pombe Magufuli has been declared winner of the just-concluded Tanzanian general election.
According to the electoral commission of Tanzania, Magufuli garnered 12,516,252 votes. His closest challenger opposition leader Tundu Lissu managed only 1,933,271 votes.
CCM Vs CHADEMA
Voting took place on October 28. Magufuli run on the Chama Cha Mapinduzi while Lissu’s vehicle was CHADEMA.
Lissu had already said he would not accept the results, citing fraud. “The results should not be recognized by any country in the world, should not be recognized by the African Union and the Commonwealth,” Lissu was quoted by Reuters as saying.
His sentiments were echoed by the United States government. “Irregularities and the overwhelming margins of victory raise serious doubts about the credibility of the results.”
In Zanzibar, the CCM presidential candidate, Hussein Mwinyi, secured 76 percent of the vote. A version of the CCM has held power in Tanzania since the country gained independence in 1961.
This is President Magufuli’s second five-year term in office.