CCT lauds Samia’s political will on electoral reforms

TANZANIA: THE Christian Council of Tanzania’s (CCT) Chairman, Bishop Dr Fredrick Shoo has lauded President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s unwavering commitment on fostering improvement of the electoral bills by involving all citizens through their views.

Following the adjustment of the electoral laws, various stakeholders were given a chance to give out their views with regard to the three bills since January 6 to 10 before the bills are taken to Parliament for second and third reading.

“It is very important to acknowledge that the exercise for collecting the views is participatory, I congratulate President Samia for making this event possible,” Dr Shoo said on Tuesday after presenting CCT views on the crucial bills in Dodoma.

Dr Shoo said the collection of public views which started on January 6 this year has brought all citizens together to craft the path for strengthened democratic election in the country.

He said after receiving the bills, CCT had time to prepare its recommendations and submit to the parliament for further procedures which will enable lawmakers to endorse the proposed changes.

At his capacity as a bishop, Dr Shoo called upon Tanzanians to pray for President Samia and other leaders who together demonstrated firm political will in reforming the electoral laws meant for sustainable political development.

Also, he urged all citizens to showcase patriotism in all development activities as the 2024 takes shape, noting that of all the great gifts that God has blessed our country with, the ability of all citizens to live together regardless of their differences is paramount.

From January 6 to yesterday, citizens across the country submitted their views regarding the improvement of the three crucial electoral bills, which include the National Electoral Commission Bill 2023, Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Election Bill 2023 and The Political Parties Affairs Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

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