Tanzania religious leaders struggling to cool down opposition leader

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  • National electoral commission, security under pressure for handling off poll

President Kikwete, his CCM is accused of vote rigging

By GLV correspondent

Dar as Salaam- the interfaith leaders of Tanzania have visited the opposition leader, DR. Will Broad Slaa arguing him to use legal means of challenging NEC results for the interest of “national security”, Great Lakes voice has established.

The CHADEMA flag bearer and the president of the party had accused the national electoral commission, police, and intelligence of fraud in the bid to have Jakaya Kikwete go for the next term.

“Their message for as was, there should be no conflict or any insecurity and if we are not contented with the out come of election, then we should use legal means,” Professor Mwesiga Baragu, CHADEMA senior official said.

The international observers also have confirmed the fraud allegations saying that, Tanzania Electoral Commission, the Zanzibar Electoral Commission and the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service (TISS) in helped Chama cha Mapinduzi to win the election.

Prof Mwesiga Baregu, CHADEMA campaign manager said that, the massage from the association of Interfaith of Tanzania composed of Christians and Muslims were to call upon Dr. Slaa to use the legal means if he wanted to challenge the presidential results where Kikwete was declared a winner.

David Martin, chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission in Tanzania, said the ruling party benefited from an historical control of the administrative structure that was sometimes indistinct from the well-organised CCM party structure.

Dr Slaa, who did not attend the announcement function to declare the results and he did not attend Kikwete’s cerebrations, his senior officials says, they are not going riot or fight like Kenyans but they are still not contented.

“We had no plans to riot, not even fighting Kikwete’s government by means of violence; we are just not contented with the Presidential results. They still had fraud and handling off poll carried out by NEC and security services,” Prof. Baragu said.

Abdul Karim Harelimana, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly from Rwanda, said that the voters’ register was published only one week before the election, leaving no time for the voters to verify their names.

Dr Slaa who was declared the second by 26% of total votes was visited by the same team earlier just after the campaign before the counting exercise to be ready to accept the results.

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