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New report makes recommendations for improving elections

New report makes recommendations for improving elections

NEW report has suggested that the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) should be strengthened more to enable it to effectively deal with corruption allegations during intraparty nominations.

The report which looked into the conducts of the 2020 General Election was released by the Research and Education for Democracy in Tanzania (REDET).

It also recommended that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) revisit provisions of the early voting as they may become a source of electoral violence instead of facilitating the conduct of elections as intended.

Released in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday this week, the findings further had it that the government can consider the possibility of improving elections and their outcomes by avoiding any attempts of suppressing the media freedom including social media.

Presenting the report, REDET Chair, Program Leader and Head of Election Observation Mission, Prof Rwekaza Mukandala, said the police must also act professionally and refrain from making politically-inclined statements against candidates and political parties.

Speaking over previous general election, Prof Mukandala said they have found out that the elections had very few irregularities, which did not at all affect the overall results of the elections.

Prof Mukandala said generally the elections were free and fair though there were few irregularities that did not affect in any meaningful way the final outcomes of the election and did not work against the fortunes of stakeholders.

“The elections permitted free participation of stakeholders but there were many instances whereby main parties broke rules with impunity and there was favoritism that worked against the fortunes of some candidates and their political parties,” said Prof Mukandala.

However, he said that the election was marred by some flaws related to non-compliance with some electoral laws, regulations and code of conduct, management problems and instances of intimidation and favoritism.

Generally, the 44.5 per cent of respondents of the research believed that the elections were clean, free and fair while 40.5 per cent indicated that the polls were qualified as free and fair and 10 per cent reported that the election was free but not fair.

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Author: DATIVA MINJA

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