Zanzibar Annuls Election Results
In response to the government of Zanzibar's formal nullification of the October 25 elections, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"The fact that the government threw out the election results while the government and political parties negotiate about the way forward is troubling" said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. "Instead of nullifying the vote, the Zanzibar Election Commission should complete the original count and allow for an investigation of any irregularities to be done using the existing dispute process. The people's vote should be acknowledged and counted".
Tanzania and the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar voted in the nation's closest presidential elections on October 25. While the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party won the presidential vote on the mainland, the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) party claimed victory on Zanzibar shortly before the electoral commission stopped the counting, citing widespread irregularities. While the Zanzibar government wants a re-vote, there are concerns that the process will not be free or fair.
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