"The election was held without any major incident and it was generally peaceful," said the returning officer, Mr Mussa Ali, as counting of votes started shortly after the closing of polling stations at 4.00pm.
A survey made by the 'Daily News' during the counting at Uzini, Bambi, and Pagali polling stations, found the situation calm as analysts say CCM was likely to retain the seat since many people in the area are supporters of the ruling party.Party agents for five candidates -- CCM, CUF, AFP, CHADEMA, and TADEA -- were closely following the exercise.
Mr Mussa said 8,743 voters in the constituency were expected to turn out for the polls after intense campaigns, which ended on Saturday. The seat fell vacant following the death of Mussa Khamis Silima in a car accident last August.
The acting ZEC director, Mr Idrissa Jecha, had cautioned that only people with voting cards used in 2010 general election were eligible to vote in the Uzini by-election. He said updating of the Permanent Voters Register (PVR) failed to take place last October, as shown in the calendar, due to lack of funds from the government for the project. The updating of PVR is supposed to be done annually to accommodate new voters and delete the dead.
Mr Mohamed Raza Hassanali Mohamedali is running on a CCM ticket, while others in the race are Ali Mbarouk Mshimba (Chadema), Salma Hussein Zarali (CUF), Rashid Yussuf Mchenga (AFP) and Khamis Khatib Vuai (TADEA).Officials said that the by-election has cost around 120m/-.