Zanzibar holds presidential election amid rising tension

Tanzanians cast their ballots for the Tanzanian presidential election at a polling station in Zanzibar on October 25, 2015. Zanzibar is due to hold repeat elections on Sunday despite a promised opposition boycott following a controversial decision to annul October's vote. AFP PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA

What you need to know:

  • The Zanzibar Election Commission cancelled the results of the first poll but diplomats said they saw no evidence of the massive fraud alleged by commission chairman Mr Jecha Salim Jecha.
  • The annulment came after opposition Civic United Front (CUF) candidate Mr Seif Sharif Hamad declared himself the winner before the results were officially announced.
  • CUF leaders said the nullification was designed to block their party’s victory and deliver another win for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), which dominates on the Tanzania mainland.
  • Zanzibar’s 500,000 registered voters also cast ballots for Tanzania’s national president and, despite the cancellation of the vote on the islands, new Tanzanian President John Magufuli was sworn into office last year.

ZANZIBAR, Friday

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