Tanzania’s foremost opposition chief says there was “shameless” widespread vote rigging in Wednesday’s elections.
However the Nationwide Electoral Fee says the accusations are unfounded.
Web customers have additionally reported WhatsApp and Twitter, amongst different websites, have been blocked. Voting has been calm and peaceable on the mainland after reviews of violence in Zanzibar on Tuesday.
Polls have now closed and election outcomes are anticipated inside per week.
President John Magufuli, whose Chama Cha Mapenduzi (CCM) get together has ruled Tanzania for many years, is in search of a second time period in workplace.
His foremost challenger is anticipated to be Mr Lissu, who survived an assassination try three years in the past. He returned from Belgium in July the place he had undergone rounds of therapy for gunshot wounds.
In all, 15 candidates are working for president – together with former international minister Bernard Membe, an ex-colleague-turned-critic of Mr Magufuli who defected from the ruling get together.
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What are the allegations?
In a collection of tweets, Mr Lissu mentioned there had been “shameless” election fraud.
He retweeted a video of what appeared to residents intercepting a bag filled with pre-filled ballots, all voting for the CCM.
He mentioned he had obtained reviews indicating widespread irregularities, together with opposition polling brokers being prevented from accessing polling stations.
The Nationwide Electoral Fee chairperson Decide Semistocles Kaijage denied the claims, saying they had been unfounded.
What’s occurring with the web?
Twitter warned on Tuesday it was “seeing some blocking and throttling” of its providers in Tanzania forward of Wednesday’s polls, and appealed for the respect of “fundamental human rights”.
Web customers throughout the nation have additionally reported difficulties when making an attempt to obtain images or movies on the vastly common messaging platform WhatsApp, in line with web block observers Internet Blocks.
To get around the web block, individuals can use a digital personal community (VPN) however one such VPN has mentioned that individuals’s efforts to enroll are being thwarted as textual content message verification can also be being blocked.
Web is being blocked in #Tanzania since yesterday, the eve of an vital election. Authorities are actually making an attempt to dam VPN providers. ProtonVPN signups are impacted as a result of SMS verification code messages are being blocked (e-mail verification works, for now). https://t.co/nXG6ygRYVR
— ProtonVPN (@ProtonVPN) October 28, 2020
Tanzanian authorities haven’t addressed the obvious web restrictions, and the nation’s regulatory physique has not responded to the BBC’s request for remark.
Who’s John Magufuli?
President Magufuli has styled himself as a stout African nationalist and a religious Catholic waging battle in opposition to international powers in search of to take advantage of Tanzania.
He has been praised for pushing by huge infrastructure initiatives whereas critics have mentioned he has chipped away at freedom of expression.
He didn’t impose a lockdown to limit the unfold of coronavirus and later mentioned that God had spared Tanzania the virus.
Nonetheless, the federal government has additionally stopped publishing figures for the variety of individuals contaminated with the virus.
Who’s Tundu Lissu?
Mr Lissu of the most important opposition get together, Chadema, who survived an assassination try three years in the past, is anticipated to be the strongest opposition challenger.
He returned from Belgium in July the place he had undergone rounds of therapy for gunshot wounds.
The BBC’s Athuman Mtulya in Dar es Salaam says each Mr Magufuli and Mr Lissu have drawn enormous crowds throughout their campaigns.
Mr Lissu’s marketing campaign was suspended for seven days after being accused of sedition by the electoral fee. He had reportedly mentioned that Mr Magufuli was planning to rig the elections, however the fee mentioned there have been no such makes an attempt.
Beneath Tanzania’s electoral guidelines, the successful candidate requires a easy majority to develop into president.
Some 29.1 million individuals are registered to vote – six million greater than than the earlier polls in 2015.
They embrace residents of the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar who vote for the islands’ leaders – together with the election of a Zanzibari president – in addition to in Tanzania’s nationwide election.
What occurred in Zanzibar?
Not like in mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar’s foremost opposition get together is ACT Wazalendo. Its presidential candidate was arrested at a polling station on Tuesday morning and later launched in line with a number of reviews.
However police haven’t commented on Maalim Seif Sharif’s reported arrest, and have additionally denied reviews that officers shot three individuals useless on the island of Pemba on Monday.
Zanzibar has a historical past of contested polls, together with in 2015 once they had been annulled for not being free and truthful. The opposition boycotted the re-run and the ruling CCM get together’s candidate was declared the winner.